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The Treaty of Versailles

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Kaiser Wilhelm II has been kicked out of Russia and brought to exile in netherlandz, his replacement some idiot the government called The Weimar Republic. The birth of this government has begun due to are unlucky defeat in the great war by those snobby british and americans. After four long years of devastating warfare, the new government are left with the unhappy task and responsibility of peace negotiations. The Republic have been forced to sign a treaty that places the blame of the war, solely on the shoulders of us distraught Germans, how rude. We can only burden the fact for the to government began its falter. The Treaty of Versailles The Treaty of Versailles was a huge burden to the newly born Weimar Republic. It was harsh to the government and its society. The treaty gave away one-eighth of Germany's territories on the eastern and western borders as well as all of the German colonies and other overseas properties. ...read more.

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Because of this plus the fact that there were too few products to be purchased by buyers all contributed to an inflation problem. Due to this inflation, the value of the German mark began to plunge. The German mark was back to the prewar currency value. However, many businesses collapsed while the unemployment rate goes up. At the same time, the standard of living went down hill. Background info However it was by no means the only armistice of the war. The battle on the Eastern Front was brought to a close in December 1917 (and followed by the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk), as was Romania's war (resulting in the Treaty of Bucharest). However the most significant armistice was signed at 5 a.m. on the morning of 11 November 1918, and came into effect six hours later at 11 a.m. (hence the oft-quoted 'eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month'). Initiating the armistice negotiations on 4 October 1918, the Germans directed peace feelers towards the U.S. ...read more.

Conclusion

The majority of Germany's surface naval fleet were interned; the remainder were disbanded. The terms of the armistice were inevitably seen as punitive within Germany. The country however was in no condition to resume hostilities and so reluctantly accepted the conditions. The French nevertheless viewed the terms of the armistice - and the Versailles peace treaty that followed in 1919 - as overly lenient, indicating the widely contrasting views of both the armistice and the subsequent treaty. Despite the great push of Spring 1918, which nearly won the war for Germany, Germany's ability to win the war in 1918 collapsed, as U.S. involvement took on real form, and shortages at home in Germany spun out of control. It became clear that Germany was set to lose the war. With revolution spreading to Berlin, Wilhelm was forced to abdicate on 9 November 1918. Chancellor Max von Baden pre-empted Wilhelm's decision by announcing his abdication to the public. Wilhelm sought exile in Holland, where he lived for the rest of his life. Holland refused to extradite Wilhelm as a war criminal to the Allies following the Armistice. ...read more.

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