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The 1920's were just 'an illusion of peace' how far do you agree?

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The 1920's were just 'an illusion of peace' how far do you agree? After the great war had ended, all of the major powers in the world set out to resolve any problems that had occurred as a result of WW1 and more importantly they wanted to avoid another war. Yet before this could be done, the consequences of the war had to be resolved. The Treaty of Versailles had some strong points and wanted a lot from Germany. Many people thought it was far too harsh on Germany so during the 1920's efforts were made to establish a better relationship with Germany, and help to dampen the devastating effects many terms of the treaty would have caused. This is a good sign that peace was not an illusion but infact a reality. Yet on the other hand it can be seen that the main reason for this relationship was that many politicians were worried that Germany would retaliate from the harsh treatment they had received from the Treaty of Versailles. By 1924 most countries had begun to adapt after the war and began to expect more from Germany. ...read more.

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never have been and are not, and probably never will be, sufficiently stable and friendly enough to justify the building of the Channel Tunnel'. This blatently showed that peace was only on the surface. Also at the time, the Locarno Pact was seen as a huge triumph. It showed that Germany had been accepted by the other nations. People talked of the 'Spirit of Lorcano' and Chamberlain, Briand, and Stresseman were awarded the Nobel peace prize for their efforts. On the surface it looked as though peace was to be the enevitable for Europe and it seemed to improve the atmosphere between nations. However, the Locarno Treaty can now be seen differently than at first, for example if peace was to be the future then why in 1927 did france build the Maignot line of defence along the German border? In 1928, even more efforts were made in the attempt to create world-wide peace in the form of the Kellog-Briand Pact. This was a treaty that stated that all the parties that signed 'agreed settlement of all conflicts, no matter of what origin or nature, that might arise among them, should be soughtnly by pacific means and that war was to be renounced as an instrument of national policy.' ...read more.

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This brought economic and military benefits to both Russia and Germany. Germany was able to produce and test new weapons in Russia, which was banned in Germany, and Russia received useful German technical expertise. Yet if peace was the future then why did Germany see the need to create and test new weapons? I see this point as an false illusion of peace. In conclusion I think that although Britain was involved in a variety of issues throughout the world it can be argueed that they were mainly only concerned with protecting their own security and improving trade. Most issues that threatened international peace that Britain resolved also benefited Britain in one way or another. In many ways I think the pacts and treaties that were made were just an illusion and seem a little meaningless yet at the time it would have seemed the right thing to do as they could not forsee the future, and see that this slackening of Germany's close watch would lead to another world war. Top of Form Bottom of Form Alex Butcher ...read more.

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