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To a great extent did the Treaty of Versailles guarantee that the peace in Europe after the First World War would be short-term Its unfair and vengeful articles only sparked further feelings of revenge in the German and Italian people It gave the Germans punishments that were impossible to fulfil By taking away all of Germanys colonies it reduced her from the great empire she once was to a small economically trouble country struggling with starvation disease and unemployment Thus demoralising her people and taking away all national self-determination The reparations Germany was asked to pay were impossibly large and ultimately lead to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party With the matter of the Versailles settlement was not a good way to start the new Weimar Republic The words of the French Commander who served in the first World WarMarshal Foch summed it up well This is not a peace It is an armistice for twenty years Because of Article 41 the war guilt clause the huge reparations that had to be paid and the large territory loss due to the Treaty of Versailles the newly formed Weimar Republic was continually linked to military defeat and massive humiliation Politicians like Hitler and other extreme left and right parties cleverly took advantage of these feelings These parties would continue to be critical of the settlement of Versailles and therefore always be against the republic The settlement had lessened the power of the middle parties and the middleclass Germans who tried to make the democracy work This meant that when the depression struck and things were at extreme levels when the Nazi party came in to power its policy was to overthrow the Weimar Republic and ultimately destroy the Treaty of Versailles Effectively leading Germany into a second World War The huge reparations that German was ordered to pay by the Treaty of Versailles killed Germany economically leaving her people suffering from starvation
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