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ARMISTICE: A Failed Peace

ARMISTICE: A Failed Peace

The Post WWI World11By the early summer of 1918, fresh American troops and tanks turned the tide against Germany.

2After four years of fighting,Germany was exhausted of men and materialsand could no longer continue to fight.

3German workers and soldiers revolted against the German imperial government. On November 9, 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II fled Germany.

4A new democratic German government signed an armistice with the Allies.

5At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent.

Today, this is celebrated as Veterans Day.

6In January 1919, representatives of the Allied nations met in Paris to make a final settlement of the war.

7The victorious Allies - the United States, Britain, and France, known as the Big Three, made most of the important decisions at the Paris Peace Conference.

Germany was not included.

Russia was in the midst of a civil war and could not attend.

Italy was given a minor role.8The final and most famous peace settlement was the Treaty of Versailles.

9United States President Woodrow Wilson proposed a peace plan based on democracy and cooperation among nations.

10Wilson proposed his plan of Fourteen Points which included:

open, rather than secret, treaty negotiations between nations freedom of the seas and free trade a massive reduction in military strength of all nations ensuring self-determination, or the right of each people to have its own nation the creation of a League of Nations to be an international peacekeeping force11The British and French, however, who had suffered the most among the allied victors, wanted revenge on the Germans.

They wanted to: strip Germany of all weapons

have the Germans pay massive reparations

strip Germany of territory to create a neutral buffer state between Germany and France in the German Rhineland12The final Treaty of Versailles began by declaring that the Germans were guilty of starting the war.13The treaty required Germany:

to pay massive reparations for all damages

to reduce its military forces to just 100,000 man peacekeeping force

demilitarize German land near the Rhine River to prevent future aggression toward France

eliminate its airforce altogether and greatly reduce the size and power of the German navy

rebuild the British and French merchant navy

14The treaty also required Germany to lose large parts of its territory by:

returning the borderlands of Alsace and Lorraine, which had been captured by Germany during the Franco-Prussian war of the 1870s, to French control

surrendering territory in eastern Germany to create a new Polish state



17The German government accepted the peace terms because it had no choice. To refuse would invoke an Allied invasion of Germany.

However the treaty outraged and angered the German people, who felt the Treaty of Versailles was a harsh and unfair peace.

18Five new nation-states emerged from lost Russian territory:

Poland Finland Latvia Estonia Lithuania

19Almost every new eastern European state included ethnic minorities. For example, there were Germans in Poland and Czechoslovakia and Hungarians in Romania.

National and ethnic rivalries in the region have continued to plague eastern Europe to the present and have led to many conflicts.20The devastation of the war and the failure to satisfy all stakeholders in the peace process opened the door to revolution, further instability

21 and laid the foundations for the even more destructive Second World War a generation later.



CREATED BYDAVID WILLIAM PHILLIPS23In 1914, although Russia had the second-largest army in Europe, a lack of experienced military leaders and outdated weaponry left the Russian Empire ill prepared for the Great War.

The poorly trained and equipped Russian army suffered terrible losses on the Eastern Front against the Central Powers.

24By 1917, the Russian will to continue fighting in the war had disappeared.

In March 1917, working-class women in St. Petersburg called for a massive strike to shut down the factories.

25Czar Nicholas II responded by ordering his troops to break up the crowds with force. However, many soldiers refused their orders to fire and instead joined the demonstrators.

26On March 12, 1917, the Duma urged the czar to abdicate his throne, which he did.

Liberals in government tried to establish a Russian Republic.

27The provisional government decided to continue fighting the Great War. This was a grave mistake; workers and peasants wanted to end the terrible years of fighting.

28The government was challenged by the power of the soviets councils representing workers and soldiers which came to play an important role in Russian politics.

Soviets sprang up around Russia. Most were made up of socialists.

29The Bolsheviks were a radical Marxist political party whose influence was on the rise.

They were led by V.I. Lenin, and were dedicated to beginning a violent revolution to overthrow the capitalist system.

30Three slogans summed up the Bolshevik program:Peace, Land, BreadWorker Control of ProductionAll Power to the Soviets

31By the end of October, 1917, the Bolsheviks held majorities in the St. Petersburg and Moscow soviets.

On November 6, the Bolsheviks seized the Winter Palace and the provisional government collapsed.

32The Bolsheviks renamed themselves the Communists.

In March of 1918, Lenin ended the war with Germany.

By the terms of the Brest-Litovsk treaty, Lenin surrendered vast amounts of Russian territory to end the fighting.

33Civil war soon broke out in Russia. Many people were opposed to the Communists, including czarists, liberals, and anti-Leninist socialists. They were aided by the Allies, who gave them troops and supplies, hoping Russia would rejoin the war.

34But, by 1920, the Communist Red Army emerged as the victor.

35By 1921, the Communists had complete control of Russia.

The country had become a centralized state dominated by a single party.

However, the country and government were both on the verge of collapse.

36Due to the long years of war, Russias industrial output was only 20 percent of its 1913 capacity.

Then, in the early 1920s, millions in Russia died during a great famine caused by drought.37

In 1921, Lenin created the New Economic Policy (NEP) to cope with the extreme problems. This was a modified version of capitalism.

Peasants could sell produce and small businesses could be privately owned but the government still controlled heavy industries and banking.38In 1922, the Communists created the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), or Soviet Union.

39The NEP saved the Soviet Union from economic ruin, but the Communists saw it only as a temporary measure on the path to true communism.

40In 1924, Lenin died and a bitter struggle for power in the Politburo, the committee that controlled the policies of the Communist Party, ensued.

41One faction, led by Leon Trotsky, wanted to end the NEP and rapidly industrialize the nation at the expense of the peasants.

They also wanted to spread communism to other countries.

42Trotskys main rival in the Politburo was Joseph Stalin.

He had been born as Iosif Dzhugashvili but adopted the name Stalin which means Man of Steel.

Stalin was not a great philosopher but was a great bureaucrat and organizer.

43Stalin held the job of general secretary, and as such had appointed thousands of officials throughout Russia.

These officials helped Stalin gain complete control over the Communist Party.

44By 1929, Stalin had removed Trotsky, the original Bolsheviks, and anyone who threatened his personal power and made himself the powerful dictator of the Soviet Union.

45Trotsky fled to Mexico, where he was tracked down and assassinated in 1940, on Stalins orders.

46The Stalinist Era began a time of radical changes in the Soviet Union.In 1928, Stalin ended the NEP and instituted the First Five-Year Plan.

47The Five-Year Plans set clear economic goals for five-year periods. The plans emphasized rapid industrialization and production of capital goods and greatly increased the output of heavy machinery and production of oil and steel.

48The Five-Year Plans, however, took a heavy toll on the Russian people.

Urban housing for millions of workers was terrible. Wages declined.

49The government dealt with these problems by using propaganda to boost morale.

50Stalin also collectivized agriculture.

Collectivization was a system in which the government took over ownership of private farms and had the peasants work them.

51Many peasants resisted by hoarding food and killing livestock.

Stalin responded by increasing the number of farms in the program.


Those who resisted Stalins programs were sent to Siberian forced labor camps.


During the early 1930s, millions of Russians starved to death due to food shortages from collectivization.54Stalin conducted Great Purges of Old Bolsheviks, Red Army officers, and others, most of whom were executed. The purges spared no one.

55Stalin had people killed by the secret police removed from history books and photographs as if they never existed.

Gradually, the official history of revolution was rewritten to be a story about just two men: Lenin and Stalin.

The true history of Stalins reign


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