Was World War II inevitable because Hitler wanted revenge from Germany's defeat in World War I?
But after world war I ended, did the world in general think there wouldn't be any big war anymore? ( at least not in Europe )
- sirbobby98121Lv 73 weeks ago
Popular opinion supports this view. France, in particular, wanted Germany to suffer.
- exactdukeLv 73 weeks ago
It was inevitable when the Brits, French, etc, put the killer reparations on Germany. They set the post-war German democracy up for failure. President Woodrow Wilson tried to warn them against doing this. But they couldn't be bothered to listen.
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
They hoped a further war would be avoidable through the mechanism of the League of Nations, but non-ratification by the US virtually made that powerless.
A war was not inevitable, but there were many small European wars throughout the period between the wars, each bringing a larger war closer.
- MercuryLv 73 weeks ago
No he wanted more land.
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- ◄♦►Lv 53 weeks ago
WW2 was inevitable because the Versailles Treaty was illegal, and it was signed under duress.
Germany wasn't allowed to attend the Paris Peace Conference to represent their own interests. They were starved into submission during an armistice in which both sides should have backed off and worked to settle the opposing issues. But instead of doing this, Britain continued their blockade (illegal because they were denying Germany food and medication they needed, which violated the rules of war), forcing them into submission.
The Versailles Treaty again violated international law when they denied Germany the right of self-determination as recognized by international law in the late 19th century. It also broke up German territory, dividing ethnic Germans and forcing them to live under regimes that would often mistreat them. The German city of Danzig and the entire area of East Prussia were cut off from the main body of Germany where they had no support and no protections.
These events were instrumental in leading to a second world war, but it was the Zionists and their minions (US and Britain) who provoked Germany into the war because Hitler tried to restore Germany back from the economic and cultural destruction imposed on it by the Versailles Treaty.
They were taken advantage of by the Zionists under the Weimar Republic. Also, the Soviet Union tried to take advantage of Germany's weakness to spread Communism into Europe.
It was the Zionists who declared war on Germany in 1933 and Britain in 1939. Hitler never wanted war, contrary to what the history books teach. Germany tried to take back what was illegally taken from them and the Allied powers destroyed them for it.
- 3 weeks ago
How the Treaty of Versailles and German Guilt Led to World War II
From the moment the leaders of the victorious Allied nations arrived in France for the peace conference in early 1919, the post-war reality began to diverge sharply from Wilson’s idealistic vision.
When Germany signed the armistice ending hostilities in the First World War on November 11, 1918, its leaders believed they were accepting a “peace without victory,” as outlined by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in his famous Fourteen Points. But from the moment the leaders of the victorious Allied nations arrived in France for the peace conference in early 1919, the post-war reality began to diverge sharply from Wilson’s idealistic vision.
Five long months later, on June 28—exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo—the leaders of the Allied and associated powers, as well as representatives from Germany, gathered in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles to sign the final treaty. By placing the burden of war guilt entirely on Germany, imposing harsh reparations payments and creating an increasingly unstable collection of smaller nations in Europe, the treaty would ultimately fail to resolve the underlying issues that caused war to break out in 1914, and help pave the way for another massive global conflict 20 years later.
The Paris Peace Conference: None of the defeated nations weighed in, and even the smaller Allied powers had little say.
Formal peace negotiations opened in Paris on January 18, 1919, the anniversary of the coronation of German Emperor Wilhelm I at the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871. World War I had brought up painful memories of that conflict—which ended in German unification and its seizure of the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine from France—and now France intended to make Germany pay.
The “Big Four” leaders of the victorious Allied nations (Woodrow Wilson of the United States, David Lloyd George of Great Britain, Georges Clemenceau of France and, to a lesser extent, Vittorio Orlando of Italy) dominated the peace negotiations. None of the defeated nations were invited to weigh in, and even the smaller Allied powers had little say. Though the Versailles Treaty, signed with Germany in June 1919, was the most famous outcome of the Paris Peace Conference, the Allies also had separate treaties with Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Turkey, and the formal peacemaking process wasn’t concluded until the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in July 1923.
The treaty was lengthy, and ultimately did not satisfy any nation.
The Versailles Treaty forced Germany to give up territory to Belgium, Czechoslovakia and Poland, return Alsace and Lorraine to France and cede all of its overseas colonies in China, Pacific and Africa to the Allied nations. In addition, it had to drastically reduce its armed forces and accept the demilitarization and Allied occupation of the region around the Rhine River. Most importantly, Article 231 of the treaty placed all blame for inciting the war squarely on Germany, and forced it to pay several billion in reparations to the Allied nations.
Faced with the seemingly impossible task of balancing many competing priorities, the treaty ended up as a lengthy and confusing document that satisfied no one. “It literally is an attempt to remake Europe,” says Michael Neiberg, professor of history at U.S. Army War College and author of The Treaty of Versailles: A Concise History (2017). “I’m not one of those people who believes the treaty made the Second World War inevitable, but I think you could argue that it made Europe a less stable place.”
In Wilson’s vision of the post-war world, all nations (not just the losers) would reduce their armed forces, preserve the freedom of the seas and join an international peacekeeping organization called the League of Nations. But his fellow Allied leaders rejected much of his plan as naive and too idealistic. The French, in particular, wanted Germany to pay a heavy price for the war, including loss of territory, disarmament and payment of reparations, while the British saw Wilson’s plan as a threat to their supremacy in Europe.Source(s): https://www.history.com
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
No. Virtually nothing in history is "inevitable."