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How did the Treaty of Versailles lead to World War II?  

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The main issue with the Treaty of Versailles was that it was disastrous for Germany. After punishments are levied, a typical nation should accept them and go about its business, but when Hitler took charge, he used the punishments delivered by the treaty as a rallying point and openly defied them to begin World War II.

Namely, the Treaty of Versailles severely hampered Germany's military, forbidding it from rebuilding its navy after World War I. Not only did this leave Germany unprotected from potential attack, it also gave rise to major dissatisfaction among the German people. Because the nation was not allowed to engage in many of its former industries, unemployment skyrocketed, and people were left homeless and hungry. Hitler and the other Nazis used this ill will to galvanize the nation, garnering enough support to rebuild their army and launch attacks on neighboring countries, which eventually led to World War II.

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As pointed out, the harsh reparation terms of the Versailles Treaty...

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