The mostimportant development of World War I was the harm that was done to Germanywhich sparked World War II. Once Germany’s pride, military, and economyplummeted because of the Treaty of Versailles, it left a spot for the rise of apowerful political leader; Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Although, the warwas triggered by the invasion of Poland by Germany, the main causes are waymore complex than how they appear.
After the end of World War I, theallies put together the Treaty of Versailles for Germany to sign on May 7.German people believed the treaty was unjust and unfair to them, they wantedchanges made but their efforts were useless due the allies threatening thecountry with the continuous of the blockade. On June 28, 1919, the treaty wassigned with the main terms harming Germany the most. First, they had to acceptfull blame for starting World War I; this took away their pride since they werethe only country upon their allies that had to do such an action. Politicianswanted Germany to take full responsibility for the war, at first they wantedthe country to pay reparations as high as 33 million pounds but in the treatythey settled for 6,660 million pounds. Despite the lower cost, this price still made it hard for Germany,at the time, to pay it off; they finally finished paying the debt in 2010.
Inorder to make France feel comfortable, Germany suffered from a humiliatingoccupation force due to the treaty. Germany was only allowed a small army, anda few naval ships but no tanks, air force or submarines were allowed. TheRhineland was also de-militarized and occupied by the allies for about fifteenyears. These military restrictions made the German people bitter, they arguedthat they were now vulnerable to attack and the Rhineland was considered sourceof their military; another humiliating factor for them.
Even worse for Germany, 13% of territory was taken from Germany andgiven to other countries with the help of the Allies. Also, close to 6 millioncitizens of Germany were placed under foreign nation jurisdictions. Franceended up with Alsace and Lorraine and the German coal mines in the Saar Region.
The Staar Region was a highly industrialized area for the Germans and was aneconomic loss for them. The state of Poland was eventually recreated as well;Belgium, Denmark, and Czechoslovakia was also taken from Germany due to theTreaty of Versailles. These events angered the people of Germany because theythought they deserved to be in control of those lands since they’re ethnicallyGerman people. Germany was in chaos after the Treaty of Versailles, they would bethe country coming out of World War I who would be struggling the most. Thepeople of Germany were praying for a fix to their hopeless problem; inGermany’s case, it was powerful individual named Adolf Hitler. In January of1933, Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany; he wanted to return hiscounty to its previous power, and promised the people of Germany that he would abolishthe Treaty of Versailles; doing so start to pave the way into World War II.