Modern History- the Impact of the Treaty of Versailles on the Weimar Republic to 1929 Was More Significant Than Any Other Factor.

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The impact of the treaty of Versailles on the Weimar Republic to 1929 was more significant than any other factor. How accurate is this statement? The treaty of Versailles forced Germany to become a republic, and this resulted in the formation of the Weimar Republic. Once all negotiations ceased, the republic was set in motion. The politicians, who signed the peace treaty on behalf of Germany, were named and shamed as ‘stabbing Germany in the back’. This notion was emphasised by opposing political parties who were egger to take any opportunity to make these politicians look bad to the people of Germany. Germany was a militaristic state which and the republic was not going to succeed with so many opposing forces such as ex-soldiers who were willing to fight any rivals. The treaty of Versailles caused a profound sense of injustice and resentment amongst the German people therefore this translated into hatred of democracy. The treaty was not the only reason for the failure of the Weimar Republic, issues such as the period time and the great depression contributed to this also. To state the treaty of Versailles was the only significant factor is difficult, as no single factor contributed to the rise of the Nazi party and eventual fall of Germany. The Treaty of Versailles stated that Germany was to loose essential territory to various victors of World War One. The most significant being loosing Alsace and Lorraine to France. The treaty added to Germany losing six million inhabitants and essential resources that contributed to their exports and in turn the economy. The Weimar Republic was blamed for these outcomes by other political parties and the German people. The treaty ensured that Germany would become a republic which the German people were not ready for; this only pushed them to follow Hitler and the Nazi party. Germany also had no experience of a genuine
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