The German Question Analysis

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“The German Question”: Fragile Decisions After the Two World Wars
Both World War I and World War II presented the victors with the same dilemma: how to keep the German power in balance with other nations around the world. However, the foreign decisions after both wars severely hampered the ability to answer “The German Question”. Because the Treaty of Versailles answered “The German Question” by demoting Germany’s economic status, the resolution led to another war. World War II concluded with a partition of Germany, with monetary repercussions that continued even after its reunification in 1990. Although “The German Question” were a series of political issues, the main concerns arose from the economic decisions of foreign countries, because
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Although the “reduced production capacity and the depleted stocks of raw materials and goods” before the Treaty of Versailles contributed greater to the steep inflation, many economists in Germany treated the reparations responsible for it, as they blamed inflation on the falling exchange rate (Holborn 596). The increase of such worries also pressured the Reichsbank to expand “credits and money circulation” which ultimately led to the German inflation crisis (Holborn 596). “The great mass of the people suffered severe hardships”; most the German people suffering from inflation now treated the “hateful policies of the Allies” as the cause of the inflation (Holborn 597). The nationalist sentiment and the hatred toward capitalism grew proportionately, as they were fairly similar in most minds of the German middle …show more content…
Soon, as the Nazis came into power by 1933, Germany began to take back the land from the Treaty of Versailles, and conflict was brewing. “The German Question” after World War I, keeping away from another large-scale war by controlling Germany, was falling apart. Germany was no longer controllable, politically, economically, and militarily. In fact, the war seemed to be approaching, as there was an increase the Nazi actions with the Ruhr valley, Sudetenland, and much more territorial expansions later on. World War II seemed to begin from a “German Question” incorrectly

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