Reasons for World War II

The Treaty of Versailles was put into play in 1919 by Lloyd George of England, Orlando of Italy, Woodrow Wilson from the United States, and Clemenceau of France. They met to discuss that Germany should be in charge of paying for the damages of World War I. Germany was held accountable and signed the Treaty to pay 10.587,1 US dollars. Germany was only allowed to have a small army with other strict restrictions. Land was also taken away from Germany and given to other countries.

During the 1920’s the Germans were poor and jobs were hard to find, with that being said they were not happy with the Treaty agreements made. They were out to find a new leader that would put the treaty out of the picture. They did just that, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in January of 1933. Right after he secretly started building up Germany’s army and stash of weapons. The German air force was huge and compulsory military was introduced. At this time Britain and France were aware of Hitler’s wrong doings, they were concerned about the rise of Communism and thought if they stayed neutral that it might prevent the spread of Communism to the West.

During the 1930s, many politicians in both Britain and France came to see that the terms of the Treaty of Versailles had placed restrictions on Germany that were unfair. Hitler’s actions were seen as understandable and justifiable. The Munich Agreement had a big impact on the war, signed by the leaders of Germany, Britain, France and Italy, agreed that the Sudetenland would be returned to Germany and that no further territorial claims would be made by Germany. Hitler invaded the rest of Czechoslovakia in March 1939, which meant he broke the terms of the Munich Agreement.

Long story short, Germany owed money and it was impossible because of the state their economy was in. Hitler promised the people once he gained power, that they would all be in complete control of their destiny and success.



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