To What Extent Did The Treaty Of Versailles Contribute To Ww2

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World War II was a devastating event after just 20 years of peace between nations. Although the Allies declaring war on Germany, after the invasion of Poland, was the official start of the Second World War, there were many other factors that led to an outbreak of conflict in 1939. The Treaty of Versailles was the main reason for Germany forcing the Allies into another war but there was also the Great Depression, Adolf Hitler, the Nazi Party and the Appeasement policy.
The Treaty of Versailles was signed at the end of World War I with the victorious Allied powers coming together to decide on terms of surrender and punish the central powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria. The Treaty was a main contributor to World War II because Germany was forced to comply with severe and humiliating terms which crippled them both politically and economically. They were forced to:
• Pay reparations of £7
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In 1933, Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany, then after the death of President Hindenburg in 1934 Hitler combined both roles and named himself the Führer of Germany. His government began introducing lots of the plans and policies he wrote about in Mein Kampf. These policies included military expansion, territory expansion, systematic persecution of the Jewish community and sterilisation of Jewish and Sinti/Roma people and people with disabilities. During the first few years of the war the support for Hitler and his cause was unwavering. However in 1942 Germany experienced major military losses and German cities were continuously bombed by the Allies. Because of these losses Hitler also began losing support, with at 17 assassinations attempts recorded against him. He slowly began removing himself from the public eye and ran his operations from underground in Berlin. Hitler committed suicide on the 30 April 1945 as the Soviet Army overran

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