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Debate Score:24
Arguments:22
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Who is to blame for the Second World War?

Was the war Hitler's intention or was it escallated by Britain's intervention?

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I made this a for/against debate because perspective debates are always deserted. Feel free to blame a subset of either side, or a political system pertaining to one or all of the nations composing either side etc...

Allies

Side Score: 10
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Axis

Side Score: 14
1 point

The Treaty of Versailles nearly annihilated the German economy. To pay for the massive reparations, the Germans had to print more and more currency. With more and more currency, there was more and more inflation. By December 1923, hyperinflation was so severe, one US dollar was 4.2 trillion marks. Stacks of banknotes literally became children's playthings. The First World War left the nation crippled. While Adolf Hitler is responsible for his Anti-Semitic agenda, his party only won because it was fuelled by German resentment for the Allies.

Side: Allies
1 point

WWII was a direct result of the Treaty of Versailles failed to address the causes of WWI. The Allies punished ,heavily, Germany instead of helping with the rebuilding. I know that nations don't like to help those who just tried to destroy them but, it's best to ensure that there no ill feelings instead of dealing out justice. WWI left Germany bitter and WWII was inevitable accordingly

Side: World Diplomacy
1 point

How dare you blame it on Britain, if any country's to blame then it will be the U.S seeing as their president's fourteen points was one of Hitler's tools to get elected, they found the league of nations then don't join it as one of the most potential powerful members, leaving Britain and France to try keep Europe from a full-blown war, even though they were clearly too busy concentrating on protecting their empires.

Side: Allies
1 point

IS not right,i agree with the friend down no way you can blame uk for that.

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Side: Allies
1 point

The fact that territory was takin from germany probely caused most anger to germans wich is the reason. Also I wanna make it cleear that Britan and France declared war on Germany. They wanted to save pathetic Poland who honestly they should not have, therefore they started the war, I honestly think it was a very stupid desision britan and france got so many of their people killed and for what? Poland! What a waste! Chruchill was an Itiot he did it france just went along with it, the usa shold never have joined the war

Side: Allies
1 point

If the allies decide to act earlier, during Hitlers campaign, then he could of been removed from power and would have stopped the occupation of the Rhineland, Sudetenland, rest of Czechoslovakia, Poland and anschluss with Austria. But they didn't, they just sat and watched as they did not want to small conflict that would damage their economy and the delicate balance that was present in Europe from 1919 after the signing of Versailles to the outbreak of the war in 1939.

Side: Allies
2 points

Germany does get most of the blame, but Great Britain and France also deserve a great deal of blame. Why? Because, at the end of the WWI, Germany got all the blame and had to pay huge amounts of money to France and Britain. When the hyperinflation hit bad in the 20's in Germany, only United States were willing to help Germany. Furthermore, hyperinflation got blamed on the government, hitler blamed it on the government, jews,....through these lies, he got elected and started the WWII simply because Great Britain and France wanted to punish Germany as much as possible and look where that led to. Don't forget that WWI was more about arms race and colonial powers than it was about the good and the bad guys or who was right and who was wrong.

At the end of WWII, France, Great Britain and United States learned from their mistakes from Versailles and found out that it is a whole lot better to help Germany and Japan get back on its feet than to try to destroy them. Germany and Japan are not small countries which can be just crushed and then left helpless. That is how dictatorships are created, hence Hitler in Germany.

In the end, Germany gets most of the blame, but not all of the blame.

btw, Germany didn't kill 6 million, but rather more than 40 million......25 million in Soviet Union (Russia) alone. 6 million that you are thinking of are the Jews, but they were not the only ones killed. Jews got the worst of it though in the concentration camps due to the brutality of the SS and anti-semitism.

Side: Axis
1 point

Ah, thats so true. People accepted Hitler because he promised to pull them out of poverty, and he actually made decent good on his promise (at first). None of this would have happened without Versailles, or if the British and French had actually not taken Versailles seriously

Side: Axis
1 point

Blame? Directly or indirectly? Indirectly, I blame humanity for all wars in general. But if you really want to blame someone directly, look for the party that threw the first stone!

Side: Axis
1 point

What we actually need to look at is why they threw the first stone.

Side: Allies
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1 point

Look at it this way: If people verbally harrass you at school, you can do that back. That's what the Cold War was, and now it's the technology war or some other bullshit... but imagine if during the Cold War, either side felt that they should throw the first stone: We wouldn't be discussing gay marriages and abortions on CreateDebate, we'd be talking about mutant marriages and humans giving birth to animals and shit....

So, sure there were reasons for Germany to be angry, but don't throw the first stone. Throwing stones is always the easy way out, so if you take that route, don't expect admiration.

Side: Axis
1 point

Which country invaded all neighboring countries? Which country killed 6 million innocent people? Germany. People saying that the Allies started WWII is like saying America started human sacrifices.

Side: Axis
1 point

Well, actually Great Britain, an Ally, was the first major power to declare war on another, immediately escalating Germany's invasion of Polish held German lands into a full-scale European War. Also, the concentration camps did not factor into anyone's decisions to declare war, as the Allies weren't even aware of them until after they invaded Germany.

Side: Allies
1 point

Also, the concentration camps did not factor into anyone's decisions to declare war, as the Allies weren't eve aware of them until after they invaded Germany.

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Side: Axis
1 point

there were reasons for Germany to be angry, but don't throw the first stone. Throwing stones is always the easy way out, so if you take that route, don't expect admiration.

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Side: Axis
1 point

Hold up, since when did Britain intervene? Last time I read any books, Britain did just about nothing to stop Hitler, besides asking him to stop, and writing a whole bunch of useless treaties.

Side: Axis
1 point

Germany invaded polish territory on September 1st 1939, aiming to recover stolen German lands and create a path to Russia. On September 3rd, Great Britain declared war on Germany. Any book concerning the Second World War will mention this.

Side: Allies
1 point

Germany didn't kill 6 million, but rather more than 40 million......25 million in Soviet Union (Russia) alone. 6 million that you are thinking of are the Jews, but they were not the only ones killed. Jews got the worst of it though in the concentration camps due to the brutality of the SS and anti-semitism.

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Side: Axis
1 point

Many feel the appeasers are to blame. Appeasement is the policy of avoiding war with aggressive powers by giving way to their demands if they are not too unreasonable. Britain chose to ignore this saying it was an outdated concept and were committed to appeasement. Some may say it was not feasible to use military force.

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Side: Axis
1 point

If we are going to blame the treaty of Versailles I think it's important to note that in both WWI and WWII Germany had been the invading force. Germany invaded the neutral country Belgium in WWI and Poland in WWII. Effectively starting both wars.

Side: Axis

I will opine that it was the AXIS particularly with the rise of Adolph Hitler.

Side: Axis