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The treaty of Versailles.

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The treaty of Versailles After Germany was defeated in the First World war by the Triple Entente there was a lot of tension throughout Germany, Britain and France, the big three. The Germans felt betrayed and angry because they had lost the war, the French blamed Germany for starting the war. France had been badly damaged throughout the war and naturally they blamed it on the people they believed started the war, Germany. The French had lost out economically and wanted the Germans to pay them for what they have damaged. Britain shared these feelings and wanted Germany to pay. At the end of the war the USA got involved and tried to help the big three reach a peaceful end. They did this by drawing up the fourteen points. Many of these points were later mirrored in the aims of the League of Nations, which the USA decided not to join. In 1919 Britain and France drew up the Treaty of Versailles hoping that it would help them to gain control over Germany and stop them from rising to power again. ...read more.

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The final term of the treaty that affected Germany was to order Germany to give back colonies and overseas territories that they had before the war. On the 7th May 1919 the terms of the treaty were announced in Germany. These demands were not well accepted and there was uproar in the country. Germans didn't want to except that they were to blame for starting the war and certainly did not want to give any of their money to the countries that had just beaten them in the war in reparations. When the German government at that time decided that their only option was to sign the treaty the country did not approve at all. They felt that their government had betrayed them by giving in to the treaty. Each German person had to pay money to the government to go towards the reparations. People in Germany were going hungry and had no money to spare. ...read more.

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Two out of the "big three" had drawn up a treaty and the other country had signed it. Breaking the treaty seemed almost completely wrong and something that no one would consider doing. But Hitler's speeches were encouraging, pulling out the major disadvantages of signing the treaty. Considering most of the country did not agree to the signing of treaty in the fist place, their opinions were not too hard to sway. Hitler promised all the things that the Treaty of Versailles had taken away; money, land, an army, jobs and hope. He made Germany's future look better and did this by overrunning the Treaty and the counties that backed it. The public saw this as a positive step forward as they did not agree to the signing of the treaty in the first place. The German public did not see how Hitler was making false promises; they were so poverty stricken that they did not care how Hitler managed to help them, as long as he did. Breaking the treaty seemed the only thing to do. Rina Goldwater History CW ...read more.

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