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To what extent was the Treaty of Versaillesthe cause of World War 2?

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To what extent was the Treaty of Versailles the cause of World War 2? The harsh treaty of Versailles, was simply unjust, and conjured up within the once proud German nation, feelings of hate towards the allies. Germany was forced to sign, what was referred to as a "diktat". This huge conflict had left Europe devastated, claiming the lives of millions. Europe had become financially exhausted at the expense of weapons. Germany was compelled to accept full responsibility of the damage caused by the war, the "war guilt clause" it was called. Due to the war guilt clause full payments had to be made to the allies for the damage caused by the war. ...read more.

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This was certainly the case when the allies carved up Germany. Clemenceau wanted Germany to pay. Germany lost her main coal producing territories of Upper Silesia. Wilson had published his 14 points, one of which stating that all countries are equal. With this in mind Germany came looking to join the League of Nations, only to be rejected, adding furthermore to the reasons for vengeance. Well, the time for vengeance had come. With all these clauses, came great resentment and made this vengeance- seeking nation prone to leadership from a Fascist dictator like Hitler. Now, the German's widely accepted that the reparation's could not and would not be paid. ...read more.

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The old familiar alliance system, that had dragged the world into war 11 years ago, had come into effect. This situation was he clone of the situation before the First World War. Inevitably, an even greater horror than the First World War lay ahead, a second world war, as a result of the Treaty of Versailles. It what this treaty that had fuelled the hate within the Germans because of the pain and suffering caused by the allies that had come crashing down on them. The Harshness of the treaty created an ideal situation for a fascist leadership. The treaty of Versailles set the scene for the chain of events which led to World War 2. By Antony Thambiah Forest School, Snaresbrook ...read more.

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