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Could the Great Depression (or even WW2) be blamed on the Treaty of Versailles?





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I am working on a history essay and i just need to reach out to explore some ideas...What do you think about this? IMO opinion the Treaty triggered caused the partial collapse of a strong German government, that triggered poor economic conditions that resulted in the Nazi party stepping up and saying "We will fix this by employing people for military expansion etc"please let me know if you agree/disagree or have additional opinions/thoughts on the argumentthanks



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2 Responses so far.

  1. ethanedial says:

    Hello, I definitely believe this is true. I also think it is the cause of WW2. The treaty also embarrassed the Germans by all of its demands. Though they German people did not want war after WWI, they still did not like France after they took all of German resources, army, navy, and money, they even made the Germans write out that it was their fault. So it was easy for the Nazis to get people to dislike France and other countries If you mean the American Great depression, then I don’t think you are right. But yes, the German inflation was cause by the treaty of Versailles. (sorry if I am wrong)

  2. curtice says:

    There is a popular argument that the results of the Treaty of Versailles, and more specifically the war guilt clause: Article 231, was the driving factor behind the collapse of the German economy and the rise of Adolf Hitler. Germany’s military was dismantled, and pieces of the country were taken away (Alsace and Lorraine were returned to France), and then there was the Polish Corridor. On paper the treaty seems harsh, but in all honesty it was supposed to be harsher. Clemenceau, the French Prime Minister at the time of the treaty, and the Paris Peace Conference, actually wanted the treaty to be far more severe, and the only thing that stopped it from being so was President Woodrow Wilson. He didn’t believe it should have been. Something that many people don’t take into consideration is that even though Germany was forced to take the blame, and pay war reparations, they actually never really did abide by all the rules the treaty set out for them. They never actually paid all of their reparations or even most of them, they never actually got rid of their military like they were supposed to, they just disguised it under a different name. Lastly, the economy of France was destroyed after WWI because of the Germans invading the country, and practicing a scorched earth policy when they left (they burned everything of use, farms, towns, factories, etc). But Germany’s factories, because the war was never really fought there, were in tact. Their economy did suffer, but everyone’s did, with maybe the exception of the US until the Great Depression. So I feel that the treaty is used as an excuse, or a crutch. Do with this information what you will. I blame the war on Hitler. There is no excuse for evil.