The Treaty Of Versailles Treaty Essay

1337 Words Oct 10th, 2016 6 Pages
World War I ended with the signing of the Versailles Treaty in 1919, ending one of the most arduous conflicts in world history. The treaty contained fifteen parts, four hundred and forty articles, and was primarily made up by the Allied powers following the end of the first World War. The Versailles Treaty was an attempt to bring peace amongst Germans and the Allied powers; however, the treaty only angered Germans citizens. This was largely due to the fact that Treaty of Versailles essentially forced Germany to accept the blame for the entire war. The German government signed the treaty under protest, causing tensions amongst German citizens, for some claimed that signing the treaty was a betrayal to Germany. Ultimately, Germany suffered at the hands of the treaty; however, it was not crippled indefinitely. The treaty disabled the German military, Germany lost 13 percent of territories, Germans were outraged at the Leipzig trials, the Rhineland was occupied for 15 years, and Germany had to pay a war-guilt clause for their involvement in the war, but the treaty failed to severely enforce its provisions against the Germans- allowing for Germany’s economy to rebuild itself. Lastly, the treaty furthered angered German citizens which ultimately created a strong sense of nationalism that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s. One of the first things that Allies wanted to achieve in the Treaty of Versailles was to disable the German military because they were…

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