How could World War 2 have been prevented?

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One of the main reasons that is often cited as being a cause of the Second World War was the Treaty of Versailles that ended the First World War. On June 28th 1919 the Treaty of Versailles was signed, which effectively ended the five years of conflict between Germany and the Allied Powers. Since Germany was seen as one of the main aggressors in World War One and since they were on the losing side of the war as well, the Allied powers wanted to include clauses in the Treaty of Versailles that worked to punish the nation of Germany. Not only did the Allied powers view the Germans and the other central powers as responsible for the war but they also felt that the German nation and military would be able to quickly recover and wage further war if steps were not taken to prevent that outcome.

Therefore articles were included within the Treaty of Versailles that demanded heavy war reparations from particularly the nation of Germany. The result of these clauses within the Treaty was exactly as intended. Germany was cast into extreme national debt due to the fact that they had to pay these reparations and that they were not able to pay. This made it so that in the years the come the Germans were cast into a deep depression and they needed to find a way to recover. War is one of the most profitable enterprises a nation can engage in. Therefore in order to aid in the economic recovery of the nation of Germany, World War Two was started. There are many other reasons as to why the Second World War began, but one of the major reasons was the Carthaginian peace that came out of the Treaty of Versailles.

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