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The year of 1919 had Europe's feet placed firmly on the ground. It was now the end of the infamous World War I and the Paris Peace Treaties

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The year of 1919 had Europe's feet placed firmly on the ground. It was now the end of the infamous World War I and the Paris Peace Treaties were now being exposed to the world and specifically to Germany and its alliances. Their fate was in the hands of the victorious countries of Europe that demanded a great deal out of the main causes of this war. They demanded their revenge and the humiliation of the Central Powers through signatures followed by direct actions that highlighted their requests. Many nations were involved in the post-war agreements, each attempting to benefit from the disaster in their own ways. The treaties introduced economic benefits, self-determination, and military benefits to many of the winning nations. The treaties also helped show how power played an enormous role on the future of the Central Powers. National Prestige was shining during this time from the powerful nations that played a big part on the Central Powers' outcome. They proved and maintained their integrity as powerful countries through stripping the Central Powers of their pride and integrity as countries. The "Big Three" introduced most of the regulations in the treaties, these regulations were thought of extensively and rationally. ...read more.

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Kaiser stirred up some problems through offering the Sultan help to remove French colonialism. This act nearly broke into a war because Britain and France forced Germany to withdraw from Morocco. At this state, Germany has placed itself as the main cause of the First World War. The Paris Peace Treaties were formed after the war had ended in 1919. These treaties were formed to control and punish the main cause of the war. Germany and its allies which were also recognized as the Central Powers were given different harsh treaties to sign as a punishment for losing the war. President Woodrow Wilson began the treaties with his fourteen points. The main theme behind his points emphasized the need for self-determination and democracy. Many of the European nations disregarded his ideas and diverted their attention on another treaty. The Treaty of Versailles was written for Germany. This treaty was obviously the harshest due to the fact that it was intended for Germany mainly because it was the main cause behind the war. The treaty declared Germany to be completely responsible for the war. Germany lost one-eighth of its land and 6,500,000 people in the East. It also lost all its colonies, one-sixth of its agricultural lands, and a tenth of its factories. ...read more.

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The tension between the Central Powers and the victorious powers has just grown and not decreased, these harsh punishments did nothing to relieve the tension that was already created. This tension helped the world merge into its next World War in 1939. The Treaty of Versailles forced Germany to suffer from unemployment and inflation. They protested against the treaty in an attempt to regain some prestige. The German people were annoyed with their government so they decided to set up a republic. This did not work; a lot of communist ideas began to spread and finally threw out the republic. This problem introduced World War II. Apparently, The Paris Peace Treaty provided a sub-treaty that indirectly caused another World War; this shows how it did not exactly resolve the problems. Post-war treaties do not necessarily help mend the problems faced in wars. The victorious countries usually want the obligations made in the treaties to benefit their economy and military. They usually disregard the tension and probability of a next war occurring. In this case, one war leads to another through a treaty whose main purpose was to resolve problems and not escalate them. The Paris Peace Treaty was greatly unsuccessful and should be used as a tool to learn from the leaders of the worlds' mistakes. "The failures of yesterday are the learnings of tomorrow." Roberto Baggio ...read more.

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