Unformatted text preview: Americans faced a lighter load than many other countries after the First World War. The imposition of harsh war indemnities on the losers of the last battle and the retreat into isolationism of both victors and losers resulted in a worldwide depression. Desperate situations in countries such as Germany–where inflation was so severe that many people were paid in cash by the wagonload and burned currency to keep warm– encouraged the rise of fascist dictators such as Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy. These men took advantage of the desperate situations in their nations to rise to power on a platform of imperialist ambition. The spirit of isolationism and the poor economic situation in Europe prompted Britain and France to look askance at Germany's violations of the Treaty of Versailles, signed at the end of the First World War. Germany began by imposing compulsory military service the end of the First World War....
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- Fall '07
- compulsory military service, World War., Poor Economic Situation, World War. Germany, harsh war indemnities