The War Guilt Causes Behind World War II

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Could a simple document signed by three nations be the cause behind a war that brought about seventy-two million deaths, atomic bombings and fire bombings? World War I was a devastating event that arose in 1914, this war began with Austria-Hungary declaring war against Serbia over the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. Due to national alliances, the central powers which included Austria-Hungary, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were formed, and the Allies composed of Great Britain, France, and Russia formed on the opposing side. These alliances turned a small battle between two countries into a worldwide catastrophe. During the end of World War II the leaders of France, England, and the United states shaped a formal …show more content…
It is known that when the meeting held in order to create the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was excluded from attending. In fact Germany was forced to sign the treaty without any input on whether they agreed with the conditions the treaty would brought. An exert on the Treaty of Versailles asserts the fact that Germans would rightfully assume all the responsibilities without hesitation as a sort of redemption for the damages created during World War I. This excerpt declares, “ Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss” (Doc D). This source demonstrates that Germany had no real representation during the enacting of this treaty. France, England, and the United States decided to force Germany to comply to these agreements, these nations gave Germany “the short end of the stick” as some would say. The most important right these individuals can have, according to the philosopher Voltaire, is freedom of speech therefore excluding German representatives was a direct violation of their right to voice their opinion . It will not be long before Germans decide to defy what they were forced to sign, It will not be long before German citizens rebel in order to restore their stolen voices. Once again a man named Hitler would be the voice that Germany used to gain back what they had lost. A novel written about World War I by Laurence V. Moyer …show more content…
An excerpt from the Treaty of Versailles describes the exact role that the German military has when in regards to this event. The article states, “The Army shall be devoted exclusively to the maintenance of order within the territory and to the control of the frontiers…” (Doc B). This source proves how the heavy limitations that were placed on Germany’s military will be a cause of World War II. The Treaty of Versailles forced German officials to focus on keeping the new borders non-compromised. This means that the primary belief of how the military should protect the people will seize, this treaty will send the message that the safety of civilians is not of primary concern. Thus resulting in Germans placing the job of protecting the populations on themselves, their frustration will lead to drastic measure. In fact, a German political cartoon showcases the military alliances between the surrounding countries except for Germany who is depicted as the smallest officer drawn (Doc B). This visual reveals the danger that German politicians and citizens must have felt compared to that of their neighbors. This image shows how surrounding military groups will look out for one another while German is left to fend for itself showing the still remaining rivalry between France and Germany. Germany will feel trapped and defenseless, this suffocation will soon lead to an

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