This essay Analysis of the Treaty of Versailles that ended Wo has a total of 1355 words and 7 pages.
Analysis of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I
In the peace settlement Germany was forced to accept sole
responsibility for causing World War I. This was a totally
justifiable demand on the part of the victorious powers. The Treaty of
Versailles was enacted into history in June 1919 with Germany forced
to accept sole responsibility for causing World War I. Since then
there has been considerable debate concerning the war but even today
historians still cannot fully agree upon the causes. Some support has
been given to the theory that Germany was totally responsible for the
war however subeztial evidence does not support that view.
Therefore the insistence by the victorious powers to include in the
Treaty that Germany accept total blame cannot be justified. This
essay examines certain events and actions prior to the July crisis.
These caused tension and hostility among nations but did not have a
direct bearing upon the war. Also it has been determined that there
were decisions and courses of action taken by several nations
following the assassination of Franz Ferdinand heir to the
Austrian-Hungarian throne which did have a direct bearing upon World
Development of political and military alliances caused tension
and hostility among nations leading up to World War I. Two major
alliance systems developed due to conflicting national interests
which had been evident during the past two decades throughout Europe.
These were the “Triple Alliance” of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy
and the “Triple Entente” of Britain, France and Russia. Also several
smaller countries became indirectly involved in the alliances which
effectively divided Europe into two “Armed Camps”. Russia pledged to
support Serbia in order to prevent further Austrian-Hungarian
expansion into the Balkans. Germany stated its support for
Austria-Hungary and Britain had given its support for Belgium’s 2.
neutrality in 1839. However while these political and military
alliances existed there is no direct evidence to indicate that any
nation declared war on that basis. There had been several ‘crisis’
during the period 1905-1913. First the Moroccan crisis involving
France and Germany during 1905 and 1911. No wars eventuated only
tensions and fears regarding Germanys aggressive expansionist
policies. Britain supported France being involved in Morocco and
France conceded some territory in the Congo to Germany.
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