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The year was 1919 in the capital city of France Versailles Leaders from around the world met and discussed a treaty known as the Treaty of Versailles It was meant to reduce Germanys military and economic power in an attempt to punish them for World War I and to make reparations to those countries that had been affected The actual result though was quite the opposite of what was intended World War I had made huge economic and geographical impacts on Europe all of which was blamed on Germany Europes leaders wanted to punish Germany while at the same time repairing their own economy The result was that Germany was forced to pay monthly sums totaling one hundred thirty-two billion gold marks as reparations Unfortunately Germany had gone through great economic strain because of the war and therefore was unable to make proper payments relying on foreign loans to pay it off The people of Germany were infuriated by what they believed to be nothing more than an attempt to eliminate all hope of restoration and growth Germany also lost much of its land area over one million square miles Within that area there lived over six million people Whereas that land was previously only two countries it was divided into eight Some of the land that Germany had possessed before the war was taken away impacting the economic developments that had taken place there East Germany was effectively split in two to allow Poland access to the sea The final result of the Versailles Treaty was the political impact The treaty triggered a number of political reactions First the government of the day resigned having refused to sign it The incoming government had no choice but to sign the treaty but was accused by some of stabbing the German people in the back This theory grew in popularity as the economy suffered and many former soldiers in particular believed that the politicians had
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