Rise of Totalitarian Dictatorships

The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations were major contributing factors into the rise of totalitarian dictatorships, especially in Europe, following the First World War. The symptoms of the treaty led to hostilities in most of Europe, and the lack of power propagated throughout Europe by the League of Nations to contain aggression proved its failure.
Highlights of the treaty that ended the First World War would include the surrender of all-German colonies, German reparations (£6,600 million), a ban on German and Austrian unions, the common military limitations, and Germany's acceptance for causing the war. These numerous chastisements to Germany are what have been blamed for the rise of totalitarian dictatorships in that country, and eventually the Second World War. As German nationalistic desires inflate once more, the accompaniment of instability in the economy, society, and politics, Germany was left considerably vulnerable and harsher governments were easily assimilated.
"Had it been softer on Germany, the Weimar Republic would have been stronger and would not have faced as much economic and social turmoil. Had the treaty been harsher, Germany would not have had the power to make war. … The faults in the Treaty of Versailles were great, but the faults of those who refused to later enforce it were far greater."
The Treaty of Versailles was also faulted in its promises to both Italy and Russia, countries both of who eventually were left vulnerable for totalitarian governments to be enacted in them. This vulnerability was created by the resentment of the two countries, Italy due to its mis-receivement of promised land, and the stripping of Russian land as punishment for leaving the war early. And as was with Germany, the accompaniment of poor economic, social, and political conditions in Europe laid the seeds for two very nationalistic countries and dictatorships easily arose.

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