What set the world on the path to world war two? Above all .
else, it was the Versailles peace treaty that planted the seeds .
of world war two! The treaty set in motion an economic tailspin .
which would take Germany many years to recover from. The treaty .
was the cause of great resentment among Germans and made their .
ability to flourish and be part of a post war world impossible. .
They were isolated, had their pride taken away and were repressed .
by other European countries. The economic sanctions, reparations .
and land division led to the worst war the world has ever known! .
The European allies had taken a hard stance against the .
Germans after the war. World war one had taken the lives of more .
than 8 million, over 4.6 million men, woman and children on the .
side of the allies alone. The countries that had fought lost much .
more than lives, they also lost millions of homes. Europe's .
infrastructure was almost completely destroyed. Those countries .
that had fought in it, had suffered casualties never experienced .
before. The anger caused by casualties and loss of infrastructure .
set the tone for what would be a treaty that would later help .
Hitler and his party wage world war two.
President Wilson's strength was not in foreign policy he .
made a big mistake when he went to Versailles. Although he majored .
in history, he knew little of European history. Wilson should have .
sent the secretary of state; Wilson's short sightedness was evident .
at the treaty. His main concern was his fourteen points of peace and .
the creation of the League of Nations, which was the predecessor to .
the United Nations. America was badly needed after the war to guide .
the rest of the world, however we failed. Wilson gave in to the .
anger and demands of the Europeans and allowed them to divide .
amongst themselves the natural recourses of Germany. Wilson knew .
that the effects of the treaty would cripple Germany, however he .
allowed it to happen.