The Peace Treaty That Ended Peace: The Treaty of Versailles Essay

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At the conclusion of the devastating first World War, European nations had no interest in fighting another war; however, lingering feelings of animosity and aspirations for revenge on Germany would result in one of the deadliest wars in history. On January 18, 1919, delegates from thirty-two countries met in the Palace of Versailles, France to negotiate peace and determine the fate of Germany. After a year of heated debates, a series of severe sanctions were agreed upon. Germany lost all of its colonies as well as large amounts of valuable land that would be used to create new nations. War materials were forbidden and highly restrictive rules were imposed upon the military. The most humiliating article of the treaty, known as the War Guilt …show more content…
To the German people, “The government seemed too weak and incompetent to solve the nation’s economic troubles, and many Germans believed the Nazi Party represented a chance to feel pride and hope for their nation” (Stewart 50). The Germans viewed the Treaty of Versailles as treasonous and, as economic troubles mounted due to wildly rising inflation, the Weimar Republic was openly criticized and blamed for weakening Germany politically and economically. The excessive number of political parties and little political progress had already instilled widespread sentiments of distrust and fear, but the resulting economic crisis in Germany made Germans eager for a strong leader who would restore the country to its pre-war glory (Lace 17). The Nazi Party, who shared this hatred of the government and the Treaty of Versailles, possessed a strong sense of nationalism that appealed to the German people and revived their sense of pride. The Nazi’s rise to power was extremely successful because “The German people were calling out for the end of effects of the Treaty of Versailles and the end to the Weimar Republic, and these were the main themes of Nazi propaganda. Hitler was a very charismatic person who was able to gain massive support by denouncing the Treaty of Versailles and the Weimar Republic that the German people hated so much” (Grimshaw). Hitler, who was an extreme nationalist like many Germans, claimed to have solutions to Germany’s problems

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