Reasons why the events of World War I led to World War II? HELP NEEDED!I need at least three reasons why the events of WWI led to WWII. Please try to be specific because I need to get as much...

Reasons why the events of World War I led to World War II? HELP NEEDED!

I need at least three reasons why the events of WWI led to WWII. Please try to be specific because I need to get as much information on these three reasons for an essay.



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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The previous post was dead on accurate.  The fundamental reason why World War II happened was because of the Treaty of Versailles from the ending of World War I.  There can be other extrapolations of causes of the first conflict which played a role in the development of the second.  For example, the nationalism which was present in the start of World War I was also present in the growth of Italy, Germany, and Japan in World War II.  The desire to consolidate power in the nation was most notable in the expansion of Germany throughout continental Europe.  Additionally, the obedience to nation that accompanied the First World War, where citizens followed the will of the state, could be seen in the citizens of the nations that sought expansion or collaboration with the Axis forces. The presence of secret alliances which plunged Europe into the First World War were also present in the Second, as Hitler had brokered deals on the sly with many nations, and the United States, through Lend- Lease and other acts, were lending support to England.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first way is that the Treaty of Versailles made Germany feel absolutely abused.  They had to pay these huge reparations.  They had parts of their territory taken away.  They were not allowed to have an army (well, not much of one).  These made them very angry and made them want to get revenge and to regain their lost power.  Much of what Hitler did was aimed at achieving these things.

The second thing is that WWI made the French, especially, very afraid of the Germans.  It made them want to punish Germany so hard that Germany would not be able to get back to being powerful ever again.  This led them to push for harsh treatment and the harsh treatment made Germany angry.

Finally, WWI made England and France both very unwilling to fight another war.  This, paradoxically, led to WWII.  England and France were unwilling to risk war by telling Hitler to stop doing things like the Anschluss or the taking of the Sudetenland.  That meant that Hitler was emboldened and he kept pushing until war really did happen.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The economic conditions created by the Treaty of Versailles and the worldwide Depression of the 1930s gave Hitler a launching point for National Socialism.  World War I also caused a great deal of isolationism - no one wanted to get involved in the foreign affairs of other countries, which allowed Hitler to rise to power unchallenged.  Add to this a large degree of pacifism, especially in Europe, and the recipe for Hitler's rise to power was complete.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Yes, the Treaty of Versailles was a blow to both Germany's arrogance and its pride. The economic conditions that World War I left behind also led directly to the war. Hitler was able to take control of the country and act pretty much unchecked because everyone was so focused on their own problems.
lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The above posts are correct in saying that the Treaty of Versailles was instrumental in the beginning of World War II. It was so punitive towards Germany that it left them a very bitter country, filled with people who were more than eager to follow a leader such as Hitler.

atyourservice | Student

The treaty of Versailles which was made after WWI was one of the many reasons, it made Germany take blame for the whole war (which many German citizens did not agree with) and Germany had to pay reparations which sent them deep into debts leading to poor conditions and German's looking for someone who will save them a.k.a Hitler.

Appeasement was another reason, France and Britain in order to avoid another world war kept giving into Hitler's demands and never questioned hist actions, Hitler saw how much of an advantage he had and started doing as he wanted.

The great depression was also another cause, people in Germany were already suffering yet the great depression made it even worst, so when a crazy, confident man told them he could help out they were willing to believe in that man and trust him plus the fact that a lot of German felt the results of the war were unfair giving Hitler an even bigger advantage because some people wanted revenge.

krishna-agrawala | Student

The World War II could not have taken place without the the support of German people to Adolf Hitler, and the results of World War I, had played an important part in helping Hitler to gain this support and rise to power.

In World War I, Germany fared very badly and was forced to accept peace on terms which were highly damaging to the economic and political interests of Germany, in addition to being nationally humiliating.

Treaty of Versailles which was signed at the Palace of Versailles, near Paris, on June 28, 1919, and went into effect on Jan. 10, 1920, forced Germany to give up substantial amount of its territory, agree to reparations of money and other resources to allies, and disarm itself. German people found his treaty unjust, a big economic burden and highly humiliating. Hitler was able to gain support of German people by promising to avenge the humiliation suffered because of Treaty of Versailles, and develop Germany into prosperous and powerful nation.

In this way origins of World War II can be directly traced to the events of World War I. These include, the losses incurred by Germany in the war, loss of territories, and huge economic burden of reparations. Added to all this was the national humiliation caused by the Treaty of Versailles.

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