Essay on World War I And The Treaty Of Versailles

1267 Words Apr 7th, 2016 null Page
It was not-so-well predicted, but World War I was a massive turnpoint for the worldly powers in the early 1900s. With an estimated 38 million deaths, the blame had to be put on someone’s blood-covered hands, and who better to blame than the country that inexorably lost the war? Yes, the number one country, Germany, had fallen after World War I, both financially and in their world standings. Even with the destruction of their country and economy, Germany was still burdened with the Treaty of Versailles, holding the country accountable financially and morally for what happened during World War I. Though persons of Germany in post-World War I times would blame the effects of the Treaty of Versailles for the start of World War II, it is quite evident than this war would have begin with or without the existence of the Treaty of Versailles.
Despite the treaty’s financial burden on Germany, the country’s war-fatigued economy would have eventually led to World War II. Even before the Treaty of Versailles was in place, Germany had just faced a war loss; the country had spent 170 billion marks (the equivalent to about 593 billion modern U.S. dollars) on the war. This removed Germany from first place in the world’s greatest economies, as Germany was the top spendthrift of World War I. With or without the Treaty of Versailles, the overall cost of the war was still a major blow to the German financial situation.
The main trouble with the economic strain placed on Germany was the fact…

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