The Treaty of Versailles

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Kaiser Wilhelm II has been kicked out of Russia and brought to exile in netherlandz, his replacement some idiot the government called The Weimar Republic. The birth of this government has begun due to are unlucky defeat in the great war by those snobby british and americans. After four long years of devastating warfare, the new government are left with the unhappy task and responsibility of peace negotiations. The Republic have been forced to sign a treaty that places the blame of the war, solely on the shoulders of us distraught Germans, how rude. We can only burden the fact for the to government began its falter.  
The Treaty of Versailles
The Treaty of Versailles was a huge burden to the newly born Weimar Republic. It was harsh to the government and its society. The treaty gave away one-eighth of Germany's territories on the eastern and western borders as well as all of the German colonies and other overseas properties. It, however, does not include the amount of natural resources given up by the defeated country. In addition, the new government was forced to pay a large reparation bill for the damages of the war while also limiting its own military to only one hundred thousand men. These restrictions caused a great deal of burden in addition to the deeply troubled and already weakened new government. The Treaty of Versailles deprived the Germans of important natural and human resources, but it was also the main reason for the economic difficulties that Germany faced in the first few years after the war.
Social Problems
Socially, the German people were unhappy about their new socialist government. The communists on the left side were having revoluntionary ideas to overthrow the new government. With the support from the urban workers, they all favored the revolutionary process to bring down the Weimar regime. However, the government was able to make a deal with the German army for their support of the Republic in event of a communist insurrection.
Economic Problems
The new government was also faced with numerous economic problems that burdened them in many ways. The French was a huge economic problem for the government to deal with. Concerned with the payments of heavy reparation bills, the French added to the trouble when their army occupied the industrial German Ruhr. The occupation of the Ruhr was to assure the future payments of reparations to France.
Seeing no other way, the government began printing more paper money which was not supported by gold or silver. Because of this plus the fact that there were too few products to be purchased by buyers all contributed to an inflation problem. Due to this inflation, the value of the German mark began to plunge. The German mark was back to the prewar currency value. However, many businesses collapsed while the unemployment rate goes up. At the same time, the standard of living went down hill.

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However it was by no means the only armistice of the war.  The battle on the Eastern Front was brought to a close in December 1917 (and followed by the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk), as was Romania's war (resulting in the Treaty of Bucharest).

However the most significant armistice was signed at 5 a.m. on the morning of 11 November 1918, and came into effect six hours later at 11 a.m. (hence the oft-quoted 'eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month').  

Initiating the armistice negotiations on 4 October 1918, the Germans directed peace feelers ...

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