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Why Did the Versailles Settlement Upset Various Sections of the German Population?

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Why Did the Versailles Settlement Upset Various Sections of the German Population? An armistice was signed on November 11th 1918 at Compiegne to end the First World War. Germany did not feel they had lost the war and so expected a fair and negotiated deal. Woodrow Wilson's 14 points backed this view. However, this was not to be and the treaty of Versailles that followed greatly angered and upset the German people. The men formerly in the military services were very angered by the treaty of Versailles, the armament restrictions in particular as it left most of them without employment. The army was cut down to 100000 men and conscription was banned. ...read more.

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Before the war the german industry was one of the three main industrial powers in the world but having suffered from the treaty they were now nothing. They felt there was a hidden agenda by Britain and America and they were trying to weaken Germany o that they could become more powerful. The Industrialists were also upset at the losses of colonies because it prevented them from using raw materials found in Africa without importing them from other countries in Europe. The press hated the treaty more than anybody, so much so that declared a day of national mourning. They were upset about the divide in the country which resulted In the loss of roughly 5000000 German people to neighbouring countries. ...read more.

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The treaty of Versailles angered, upset and affected every person in Germany. As shown above the once great country was damaged almost beyond repair. it was very important in how it shaped the future of Germany as everybody wanted revenge. A more immediate reaction from it was the hyperinflation of 1923 caused indirectly by the reparations. The treaty also resulted in the German people becoming desperate and I need of someone to help. This made them susceptible to anybody who could offer them security. One man who took advantage of this as Adolf Hitler who could promise the German public a more financially secure future. The German public didn't care who saved them or how just as long as someone could get them out of their desperate situation. Alex Mik 10D ...read more.

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