Effects Of The Treaty Of Versailles Essay

2150 Words May 2nd, 2016 9 Pages
There are many aspects to the cause of World War II. If any of these causes were to be removed, the war could have been lessened into a smaller war that would not have caused such widespread physical and economic destruction. The Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations, Hitler and the Nazi Party, appeasement and Fascism all played key roles in the war, and because of this none of them can be discussed in total isolation from the others. During World War II Germany became allies with Italy, Japan and the Soviet Union although not all at the same time. Over the years of the war the relationships between countries were constantly changing. Each country was mainly thinking of themselves and not of the world as a whole. It may not have been possible to completely prevent World War II, but the destructive impacts of the war could have been minimized.
One of the main contributing factors of World War II was the Treaty of Versailles announced in May 1919. This treaty was created at the end of World War I to create “equality and the common participation in a common benefit...” (Comments of the...). This means that the purpose of the Treaty of Versailles was to unite the European nations and therefore have peace, but this was not what happened. Germany was not invited to the negotiations until France, Britain and other countries had agreed on a settlement. When Germany came into the negotiations they had very few options and almost no leverage, therefore they were forced into…

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