Germany During The Post Wwi Period Essay

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Germany was in a similar position during the Post-WWI period and during the Post-WWII period, because in both time periods the nation was dealing with a struggling economy, demilitarization, and either a loss or reorganization of territory. After WWI, Germany was going through the global economic depression and experiencing hyperinflation, and as a result of the Treaty of Versailles, had a great loss of territory, and went through disarmament. A similar atmosphere existed in Germany after WWII. As a result of the Potsdam Conference in 1945, the nation experienced demilitarization, the economy was struggling due to the widespread industry restrictions, and Germany was split into four. The similarities of these two time periods are obvious when looking at the events occurring during each time period, as well as by taking a look at primary sources such as speeches from people living during those times.
Post-WWI Germany (from 1919 to 1940) was truly a struggling nation. Due to the reparations it had to pay after the conclusion of WWI as well as the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, perhaps the way in which Germany was struggling the most was financially. The global economic depression greatly affected Germany, as it “shattered its shallow foundations” (Roberts, 387). The Treaty of Versailles had tremendous repercussions on German industry, and the economic terms of this treaty contributed greatly to inflation (Roberts, 388). “Money lost its value overnight” (Roberts, 388),…

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