The Versailles Treaty And The Rise Of Hitler Essay
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 felt helpless, and saw no way out of the situation. It would have taken them until 1984 to pay all the reparations. But their anger wasn’t just directed at the winning allies. The Germans felt betrayed by the politicians who had signed the Treaty of Versailles. This anger against the politicians was something Hitler could feed on.
The third point was disarmament. This meant that Germany could not have an army of more than 100,000 men. They were only…