The Versailles Treaty And The Rise Of Hitler
World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. The Treaty of Versailles was imposed on Germany in 1919 by the winning allies, who included Britain and France. The Treaty consisted of five main points. These five main points are what contributed to the rise of Hitler. In my essay I am going to go over each point and the effects it had upon Germany.
The first point in the Versailles treaty was stated in clause 231. It blamed Germany and Germany alone for the war. This point angered the Germans as they felt it was extremely unjust. Great Britain had been involved in the naval race with Germany and so Germany was hostile towards being singled out and punished.
The second point was reparations. Due to the first point stating that Germany was responsible for the war, the reparations clause called for Germany to pay $6,600 million. Obviously if they didn’t feel as though they started the war why should they have to pay? They …show more content…
This meant that Germany could not have an army of more than 100,000 men. They were only allowed six battleships and no submarines, tanks or planes. Disarmament left the Germans humiliated. They had always been extremely proud of their vast and powerful army. Now they were defenseless towards any attack against their land. Hitler wanted to restore the army to its former glory, fill the people with pride and help end unemployment, which he did by making weapons and reintroducing conscription. The Treaty of Versailles allowed Hitler to take speak out and people would listen, as it gave him something to attack - “What would I like to do with the Treaty of Versailles. Each one of the points of the Treaty is branded in the minds and hearts of the German people… We will have weapons again”. Again he condemned the Treaty saying “sixty million men and women find their soles aflame with a feeling of rage and