Treaty of Versailles was the peace treaty which officially ended World War I. it was very burdensome on the German economy. Germany was just a devastated by the war as anyone else, but they were very hard pressed to rebuild with the massive reparation payments they were required to make. But the reason why they did soo debt on them is because of Germany made a great destruction on countries, especially on French. I think the reasons for WW2 were: Treaty of Versailles, Hitler’s rise to power and Militarism. Treaty
What the U.S. did was a certainly a surprise, because every country thought that the U.S. would punish the Germans for starting another war, and they also thought they would punish Japan because they bomb Pearl Harbor, but they didn’t instead the add them as two new Allies. The U.S. also created the United Nations. If look at Document 4 you will see a map of Europe after World War 2, and you will see that Germany is now two different Germany’s and that one side is being controlled by the Soviet
World War two began in September 1, 1939 when the Nazi-controlled Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, invaded Poland. Adolf Hitler was a dictator of Germany that believes his country needs to rebuild its power after the Treaty of Versailles made its economy collapsed. The treaty required Germany to pay enormous reparations and force to accept the complete responsibility of the war. Germany was supported by Italy and Japan that was mostly in action on Asia. The three countries alliance was also known as the Axis Power.
World War Two began in September 1939 when Britain and France declared war on Germany following Germany's invasion of Poland. Although the outbreak of war was triggered by Germany's invasion of Poland, the causes of the war are more complex. Treaty of Versailles In 1919, Lloyd George of England, Orlando of Italy, Clemenceau of France and Woodrow Wilson from the US met to discuss how Germany was to be made to pay for the damage world war one had caused. Woodrow Wilson wanted a treaty based on his 14-point plan which he believed would bring peace to Europe. Georges Clemenceau wanted revenge.
The nature of fascism itself was very aggressive and linked to the rise of dictatorships also increased the idea of revenge and violence. Germany and Italy also dealt with the economic crisis in 1929 in an aggressive way. And the fact that the League of Nations should ensure peace in the world and it was weak and failed facing Germany and Italy aggression let both countries became even more powerful and aggressive. One of the reasons for the German and Italian aggressive foreign policy was The Paris Peace Settlement, which was created to punish Germany. Nobody was happy with it and Italy and Germany wanted revenge.
Hitler expressed that Germans were superior and all other races were irrelevant. Germany expressed this belief towards the United States And Jewish civilians. He enforced this belief once he first started his rule. Thus, resulted foreign policy. In his foreign policy, it stated to destroy the Treaty of Versailles, which was what Germany had to adhere to due to their defeat in World War II.
Therefore, Germany was now sinking any U.S vessel that would approach Great Britain or the coast of Europe. War was now a profound question. Wilson, who is a progressive, now had a perception of a more aggressive foreign policy against the Germans. Here is an excerpt from Ernest R. May, The World & American Isolation.” Chauvinism, pro-war nationalism, was visibly on the rise. The Zimmerman telegram and the sinking of the Cunard liner Laconia, with three Americans among the lost, had created a spreading excitement”,(DBQ#8,DOC#8).
| | | |Germany proposes an alliance with Mexico on the following basis: If the US goes to war, Mexico must fight on the home front in an | |financially supported alliance with Germany; If Mexico agrees to fight, they will reconquer New Mexico, Texas and Arizona | | | |The telegraph was intercepted by British Intelligence and transmitted to the American government by the Brits. This infuriated | |Americans. It was the same sort of alliance that plunged Europe into war. | Explain how/why this is important | | |
The first section was territorial, and this stated that all land that was taken during the war was to be given back to the original country (Trueman). The military section said that Germany’s army had to be reduced to 100,000 men (Trueman). The German army was not allowed to have tanks, airplanes, or submarines, but could have six naval ships (Trueman). The loss of industrial territory was a severe blow to rebuilding Germany’s economy. With the financial penalties linked to reparations, it seemed clear Germany was going to go bankrupt (Trueman).
His main aims were to: destroy the Treaty of Versailles imposed on Germany after her defeat in World War One. Hitler felt the Treaty was unfair and most Germans supported this view. To unite all German speakers together in one country. After World War One there were Germans living in many countries in Europe e.g. Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland.