Treaty of Versailles

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Nationalism and the Treaty of Versailles
After the end of World War I, on June 28th, 1919, The Treaty of Versailles had been signed by the allied powers including the US represented by Woodrow Wilson. Two major purposes of this treaty were to restrict the power of Germany and to ensure peace and security between both parties as well as in the world.
In the long run, it was discovered that the treaty itself was weak. There were several points by President Wilson that were not followed, this allowed Germany to improve it’s military strength without anyone stepping in to prevent it, even the US. This treaty also led to the establishment of the League of Nations, an intergovernmental organization which aimed to promote world peace and stability. The league of nations consisted of 58 member countries and it’s goal was to arbitrate disputes between them to prevent war and peacefully preserve sovereignty and territorial rights.
The League encouraged countries to reduce their amount of military weapons. Any country that resorted to war would be subject to economic sanctions such as a halt to trade. The League was able to prevent several small wars but was unable to prevent the 2nd World War. This was a devastating war, more than WWI, and is reported to have resulted in over 75 million deaths. With so many countries as members, it was difficult to get everyone to follow the treaty, ultimately resulting in it’s failure.