Adolf Hitler and the Treaty of Versailles
Adolf Hitler was the main cause of World War II. He was more responsible than the Treaty of Versailles was in creating the Second World War. The terms of the Treaty of Versailles created conditions that lead to Hitler’s power, also Hitler’s rise could have been stooped if the terms had been enforced, and the Treaty of Versailles and Adolf Hitler came together in an example of historical kismet.
To begin with, the terms of the Treaty of Versailles created conditions that allowed a man like Adolf Hitler to come to power. The terms of the treaty left Germany with nothing so Hitler promised to bring prosperity and get back what was rightfully theirs (like all the land they had that was taken away due to the Treaty of Versailles). The people of Germany had nothing to lose by accepting Hitler’s offer. Therefore, the treaty created the right conditions for Hitler to come to power.
Secondly, had the terms of the Treaty of Versailles actually been enforced, Hitler’s rise could have been stopped. Germany had to admit responsibility for the cause of World War I (known as “the War Guilt Clause”). This meant that Germany had to pay reparations to the allies in amount of $30 billion. Hitler said that they could not afford to pay the allies so they didn’t have too. If Germany had paid the allies, they wouldn’t have had enough money to invest in militarism and couldn’t start a war. If Germany actually gave up their air force and reduced their armies, a war would have been harder to start. In conclusion, Hitler’s rise could have been stopped.
Finally, the Treaty of Versailles and Adolf Hitler came together in an example of historical kismet. Adolf Hitler wanted world domination. One way or another, he would have found a way to achieve his dream. The Treaty of Versailles didn’t work. In fact, the treaty aided Hitler with his vision of a German ruled world. Thus, the Treaty of Versailles and Adolf Hitler came together in a