Good morning! • Please sit with your country groups from previous classes – France, Great Britain, US. • Get out our Major Themes sheet, your notes, and the Treaty of Versailles worksheet. • Begin finalizing how the actual terms of the Treaty of Versailles matched your country’s original goals (Back of handout from last class). Aftermath: The Immediate Consequence of the Treaties GC3 - What was the impact of the treaty on Germany up to 1923? GC4 - Could the treaties be justified at the time? How did we get here? Review • Aims of the Big 3 after WWI • Terms of the Treaty of Versailles. – How did the actual treaty match the original aims of the Big 3? – Group Responses? The industrial Rhineland would be occupied by Allied troops for 15 years. Germany lost Alsace, Lorraine, north Schleswig, and the Polish Corridor. GC3 - What was the impact of the treaty on Germany up to 1923? Think… …of a time you were treated unfairly. How did you feel? How did you react? What did you do? This cartoon appeared in the German satirical magazine Simplissimus, 3 June 1919 What is the message? What are the symbols? The Weimar Republic • 1919: German defeat= new government • Weimar Republic • Weak; constant attempts to overthrow the government • Spartacists – a communist revolutionary group • Then another attempt by communists a few months later. The Weimar Republic Putting down the communist rebellions • “Freikorps” - former German military (Right-wing) • Then the Freikorps tried to overthrow the government 1920. • CRAZY times in Germany! Weimar Republic • Reparations – how much? • Huuuuuuge economic problems • Inflation, falling behind on reparations. • 1923 French invade Ruhr (coal mining, industry) because Germany not paying… • Germans went on strike. Weimar Republic • By 1923: hyperinflation • Banknotes (money) worthless • People lost their life savings • Ex: Nov 20, 1923 $4 billion German marks - $1 US Beer Hall Putsch • Nov, 1923 Right Wing attempt to overthrow Weimar Republic launched in Munich • Led by Adolph Hitler • Failure- Hitler goes to jail • Writes Mein Kampf Assignment • Paragraph Response –Describe, in your own words, how the Treaty of Versailles led to chaos in Germany. Was the Treaty of Versailles fair? • What do the sources say? • What do you say?
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