Why Did War Erupt in 1939

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Why did war erupt in 1939? There are many reasons as to why world war two erupted in 1939. Many including the Treaty of Versailles, failure of the League of Nations etc. Although it was the trigger that set off the whole war, there were also many long term causes that may have led to the war erupting. There long term causes were the Treaty of Versailles, The American policy of isolation etc. The mid term causes were the failure of the League of Nations and Hitler’s nationalism. The short term causes that led to war erupting in 1939 were Hitler’s imperialism and militarism. All these causes had a significant contribution to why war erupted in 1939. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28th June 1919 and played a very significant part to the eruption of war in 1939. The treaty of Versailles was awarded to Germany as a punishment for starting the first `Great War’. The Treaty of Versailles was indeed a very harsh punishment for Germany and it was very difficult for them to cope with it. Germany had to accept the blame for starting the war, reduce its army to 100,000 men, it could only have six battleships, Germany was not allowed to build any aeroplanes, submarines or tanks, Germany’s colonies were given to France, Germany was forbidden to unite with Austria, Germany was to demilitarise the Rhineland, Alsace Lorraine went back to France, and Germany lost the polish corridor. The German government thought that the terms of the treaty were very harsh, but had no choice but to accept them. Apart from the many harsh terms Germany had to follow they also had o pay back an extremely unrealistic amount of money, which ruined its economy. A few months after the treaty was signed, German money was practically worthless. German people had to live in very poor conditions and there was hardly any money in the country. After the shame the Treaty of Versailles caused for
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