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It was the strength of the opposition forces both liberal and conservative rather than the ineptitude and stubbornness of President Wilson that led to the Senate defeat of the Treaty of Versailles Assess the validity of this statement The statement above is quite incorrect President Wilsons righteous views of his efforts were so strong that not even the advice and urging of his closest confidants could sway his stance While it is true that opposition forces helped to defeat the treaty it was ultimately Wilsons stubbornness that led to its defeat in the Senate There were many factors that led to the initial outbreak of World War I in Europe A constant struggle to gain the upper hand in the balance of power existed and it resulted in the formation of many alliances between European nations For the most part these agreements stipulated that the nations would aid one another if one of them were to be attacked by an enemy Eventually two distinct sides formed the Allies and the Central Powers The former consisted of Britain France Italy and Japan while the latter was made up of Germany the Austro-Hungarian Empire and what was left of the Ottoman Empire Nationalism was an important factor in the outbreak of war as well The French desperately wanted revenge against Germany as well as the return of the Alsace-Lorraine region which Germany had seized from them The Germans had their own nationalism at work as their government took great pride in the industrial growth of the country as well as the mounting power of their military Conflict for power existed not only in Europe but because of imperialism it spread across much of the Eastern Hemisphere First and foremost economic rivalries had developed between Britain Germany and France The two Allied members of the group were very concerned about their Central opponent as both wished to contain Germanys territorial claims on
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