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The Treaty of Versailles was the main cause of the outbreak of World War Two To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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The Treaty of Versailles was the main cause of the outbreak of World War Two To what extent do you agree with this statement? I agree with this statement to a certain extent. The treaty of Versailles only provoked revenge from the German nation. The humiliation of war guilt and the reparations charges were a bitter end to the Germans exit from World War One. A proud military country that was brought to its knees, ordered to disarm and hand back hard fought land. The fourteen points were unfair and written in British and French anger at the upsetting loss of life. A way of ensuring a long-term peace, better relations but instead went the opposite way of stirring up hatred however it was not the ...read more.

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Actions taken where not viable, a warning was little more that a slap on the wrist and the restriction of trade would effect British markets at the time of depression and the use of military force was not reasonable with the time scale. The league took to long making decisions that lead to Japans success in Manchuria and the crisis in Abyssinia, a sign of weakness and poor stability. Appeasement is a cowardly way of giving into demands in the hope there will be no further retaliations. Appeasement played into Hitler's hands, he increased demands and as he stakes grew so did his confidence. His calculated gamble in the Rhineland 1936 where he deployed troops to re-establish a military presence was unopposed but had France and Britain taken action there is a strong argument that World War Two would not have started. ...read more.

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He made a promise of making Germany a major force in the world again. An aggressive leader, his crazy new thinking inspired the German public, he quickly looked to expand the empire taking Austria in 1938 followed by Czechoslovakia this was opposing the league at it limits and finally after the invasion of Poland France and Britain put there foot down and war started. Without the ideas of Hitler maybe more reasonable negotiation would have taken place stopping the outbreak of World War Two. I agree with the statement to a certain extent because although the Treaty of Versailles was a major cause in the outbreak other key factors had an impact on the outbreak, both long term and short term causes. Eventually it was Britain and France that declared war on September 3rd 1939. ...read more.

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