What kind of state was Germany in at the end of World War I?

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Germany was in a terrible predicament at the end of World War I. They had suffered immense losses during the war and many German soldiers had died or suffered greatly in the trenches.

Over and above this, the Treaty of Versailles stated that Germany had to start paying off "war debt" as the losers of the conflict. German people were heartbroken over the loss of their loved ones and felt hopeless as a result of the debt that they faced. Their currency, the German Mark, had collapsed.

According to the Treaty of Versailles, Germany had to give up various territories, including Alsace, Lorraine, Lithuania and a number in others.

All in all, the despair in Germany was palpable, and this despair was a large factor in Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

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