The United States, Britain, France, and Italy caused WW2, not Germany
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Also, in address to one of the comments, while Woodrow Wilson did not actually sign the Treaty of Versailles he was still there during its drafting. His 14 point plan was the basis of the treaty and the only reason that he did not officially sign the document was because US congress voted against it.
The 6 long term causes of WW2 were, Japanese aggression, Italian aggression, German aggression, The Great Depression, Treaty of Versailles, and failure of the League of Nations.
The 3 aggressions were because those 3 nations were building up their military.
Hitler started the Nazi party and silently started invading countries until he tried to invade Poland with his Blitzkrieg tactic and that is when the war officially started.
Germany also signed a non-aggression pact with Russia, stating that the Germans would not invade or harm the Russians as long as they do not get involved in the war, but Hitler broke this pact and started fighting the Russians in the Battle of Stalingrad.
Hitler also started the Holocaust, where he took people of Jewish faith and threw them into concentration camps where 6 million of them died, this was a short term cause to the war. Hitler was throwing Jews into these camps before it was a world war and it caused Europe to get angry at Germany.
Yes the treaty of Versailles did effect Germany in many ways, but they wanted another war. They started the war when they tried to take over the world.
I know and realize that Hitler and the Nazi Party were very imperialistic and aggressive during their reign and started their campaign leading to the second world war. What I am saying is that Hitler and the Nazi Party were only able to come to power by preying on the fear of the German people after the Treaty of Versailles. The treaty, which was drafted by the United States, Britain, France, and Italy, made it possible for the Nazi Party to take power and commit the atrocities that they did.
The League of Nations partly failed due to the lack of involvement by the United States. Congress didn't want to be overly involved in European affairs but President Wilson was still involved in the creation of the Treaty of Versailles, that is why the United States is part of the cause.
Italian and Japanese aggression did play a part in causing WW2 and Germany did actually start the war, however the major causes can be traced back to the United States, Britain, France, and Italy creating the Treaty of Versailles. The creation of that treaty allowed for the Nazi Party to rise in Germany, leading to German aggression.
So basically, Germany was the cause of WW1, where they went to far and France and Britain wanted to punish them with the treaty. The land that the Germans were "forced" to give up was land that they took and their military was decreased because they were condoning militarism.
So the treaty did hurt the Germans, but it was because of what they did in WW1 where they deserved it, and instead of accepting defeat and ethically trying to bring themselves back to normal, they elected Hitler as president and he tried to take over the world, thus starting World War 2.
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Vote Placed by TheJuniorVarsityNovice 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro used only sources......This ultimately comes down to the fact that the treaty of Versailles imposed ridiculous chains on Germans, the rest was bound to happen after that. The resolution doesn't require that The US, Britain, France and Italy were the only causes of the war, just that they were causes which has been proven.
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