Treaty of Versailles
How the Solution to WWI is the Start of WWII: by Ian Thomas
Ended World War I
Significant Parts of the Treaty
- Part I: Created the Covenant of the New League of Nations, where Germany was not allowed to join until 1926
- Part II: Revealed Germany's new country boundaries, giving Eupen-Malm[eacute]dy to Belgium, eastern districts to Poland, Memel to Lithuania, large chunks of Schleswig to Denmark, and Alsace-Lorraine back to France
- Part III: Demands a demilitarized zone and disconnected Saar from Germany for 15 years
- Part IV: Takes away all of Germany's colonies
- Part V: Limited Germany's armed forces to extremely low levels and forbid Germany from possessing weapons of mass destruction
- Part VIII: Justifies Germany's reparations as consequence for starting war
Did you know that the Treaty of Versailles has 15 parts and about 440 articles?
Beginning of World War II
After 1945, the United States government as well as the British governments avoided most of the problems caused by the Treaty of Versailles, specifically problems regarding Germany's reparations, and the segregation of Germany and the Cold War generously allowed them to rebuild the western zones and to add them into a western alliance without rising up fears of German aggression.