Essay on The Treaty Of Versailles Was The Most Influential

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The Treaty of Versailles was the peace treaty that was discussed at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. The treaty discussed the punishment for those who were held responsible for World War I. While the Ottoman Empire was completely destroyed, other countries, including newly formed Austria and Hungary were punished. The country that was most severely punished, however, was Germany. There was an extraordinary amount of punishment that was outlined in the treaty such as a diminished army, large (huge) debt and fines to pay, as well as the acceptance of all blame for the causes and effects of the war. These all were extremely influential on the rise of power of the Nazi party in Germany. There are many ways that the result of World War I contributed to the start of World War II but of all of Germany 's consequences the War Guilt Clause was the most influential.
In order to understand why such high reparations were placed on the Germans, one must first look at what happened that caused the Great War and the role that Germany played. Throughout World War I the Axis Powers and the Allied Powers were the two sides. The Axis powers consisted of the Ottoman Empire, Austria and Hungary, and Germany. The Allied Powers consisted of the United States, Great Britain, France and Russia. Italy was an interesting situation however, originally creating an alliance with the Axis Powers but later switching sides to the Allied Powers. Other causes for the war included those such as land, money,…

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