Plan of Investigation
The purpose of this investigation is to answer, “How the Treaty of Versailles contributed to World War II?” This investigation will reveal an understanding of the start of the Treaty of Versailles. This topic is significance because people need to know that if the Treaty of Versailles was not so harsh then we might not have had a World War II. When World War II occurred, Germany revolted against the laws and sanctions upheld by the allied forces under the Treaty of Versailles, portraying that the Treaty was unfair and harsh on Germany. The research for this investigation was derived from the Treaty of Versailles its self, and other historical documents.
Summary of Evidence
Life before the Treaty of Versailles
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But, “The effects of the Treaty of Versailles weakened Germany’s government, and this allowed the rise of Fascism and Hitler.” (Grimshaw) Evidence shows that if the Allied Powers were a little kinder than the rise of Fascism would not have arisen. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on “June 28, 1919 in the Hall of Mirrors”, which is in Versailles, France. (Slavicek 73) Versailles, France is where “Otto von Bismarck had celebrated the French defeat in 1871 by proclaiming a German Empire.” (Magana) This place was chosen for the signing of the Treaty of Versailles because of its historical significance to Europe. The Allied Powers told the Germans that if they do not sign the treaty by 1919 the Allied powers would enact a starving blockade on Germany, which would starve the people to death, and have troops march into Germany. The Germans tried to make the treaty fairer, but the Allied Powers would not let them, so the Germans were forced to sign it. The Treaty of Versailles took a lot from Germany such as “13.5 % of its territory.” (Magana) The treaty also restricted Germany to having no more than “1500 officers in their army, only 6 battleships, 6 light cruisers, 12 destroyers and 12 torpedo boats.” (Magana) This information is significant because it shows how rigorous the Treaty of Versailles was. The Allied Powers were unfair to Germany; they took so much from Germany that they lost