posted on Jul, 25 2007 @ 01:41 PM
Anyone who is familiar with history realizes that there is a reason why Nazism came to power in Germany. Much of it was dues to the economic and moral
condition of the average German after WWII.
The Treaty of Versailles did much harm to the Germany and its economy.
The Treaty of Versailles blamed Germany for the First World War. As a
result of this Germany was also held accountable for the cost of the war and the Treaty dictated that compensation would have to be paid to the
Allies. These payments, called reparations, would be paid monthly and would total some £6,600 million (This figure was agreed by the Allies in 1921).
It is important not to take this figure in isolation though. remember that the economic might of Germany had been stretched to the limits during the
war, and she would have to reconstruct her own economy at the same time as paying Reparations. In addition, Germany had lost some of her most precious
sources of Raw materials as her colonies, and some of the areas ceded to other countries, were rich sources of income. These factors would make it
harder for the German economy to cope. Further to this it is important to note the casualties suffered during the war. Germany lost some 1.7 million
men during the war, and a further 4.2 million are listed as being wounded.
The Political Impact of the Treaty
The Treaty triggered a number of political reactions. Firstly the government of the day resigned, having refused to sign it. The incoming government
had no choice but to sign the Treaty but was accused by some, General Ludendorff for example, of stabbing the Germany people in the back. This Theory
grew in popularity as the economy suffered and many, former soldiers in particular, believed that the politicians had lost the war rather than the
army. (For some it was hard to accept that they could have lost the war whilst troops were still stationed in France, having not lost the ground that
they had taken in 1914.) This, amongst other things, led to a growth in the number of people who distrusted the Weimar Republic and were unwilling to
support it. This manifests itself in uprisings such as the Kapp Putsch and the Munich Putsch, though there are other factors which led to these
The Treaty also called for the trial of the former Kaiser. This never happened as the Dutch government refused to hand him over, but this effectively
stopped any chance of a restoration of the monarchy in Germany. In Western Europe the Treaty signaled the beginning of a period of isolation for
Germany. She became an outcast in international politics and was feared and distrusted by the Allies. This had a significant impact on the role that
Germany would, and potentially could, play in European and World affairs in the early post war climate. However, whilst it is evident that Germany
became politically isolated in the West, some historians would point out that their isolation has been exaggerated by Westerners. The Treaty of
Rapello for example shows that there was scope for Germany to develop relations in the east, in this case with the Soviet Union, and, they would point
out, the newly formed nations were in need of economic partners - with Germany being a likely dominant partner in that sphere.
Selected Links on the Treaty of Versailles
If one takes a good look at the current direction of America, one will see that America is setting itself up for a renewed extreme rightist movement
in this country.. What did the Nazis do? Well, they certainly found someone to blame for the hardship of the German people, the Jews, and it found its
firebrand leader to pull the country out of the doldrums, Adolph Hitler.
Now, look at the present situation in America. America lost Vietnam, and it's going to lose Iraq because it does not have the testicular fortitude to
see anything through. Will this have an effect on the future of America, certainly.
The socialists in this country, I am not going to call them liberals because that's not what we have n this country anymore, are going to get their
way. When they do, and the plan isn't exactly peaches and cream like they promise, watch what happens.
There will be an extreme right political group that will come to the forefront with their firebrand, a Hitler type figure, who will dominate the
They will make it, much like the Nazis did, so that you won't even be able to obtain a job without being a card carrying member of the political
You mark my words, it's coming,America... We've made our own bed and we will be made to lay upon it... I weep for the future of this country..