HOW COMMUNICATION WITH INTENTIONS OF PEACE LED TO WORLD WAR II AND A GENOCIDAL DICTATORSHIP
"Dignitaries watching the signing of the Treaty of Versailles," Joseph Finnemore, 1919
On November 11, 1918, Germany signed a ceasefire ending World War I. At the Paris Peace Conference, the United States, France, and Britain's conflicted perspectives composed the Treaty of Versailles, condemning Germany's massive war destruction. In the years following, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power in Germany blaming the Treaty for Germany’s economic, social, and political devastations thus serving as justification for igniting World War II. This treaty demonstrated ethical communication is essential to preserve peace, and ethical communication deficiencies instigate global upheaval.
"The Second World War took place not so much because no one won the First, but because the Versailles Treaty did not acknowledge this truth." - Paul Johnson, Historian (1994)
""We want a peace which will be just, but not vindictive... Above all, we want to protect the future against a repetition of the horrors of this war." - David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (1919)
Murari Kothagundla and Adityen Shyamkumar Junior Division | Group Website Student-Composed Words: 1,199 words Process Paper Word Count: 500 words Multimedia Time: 2:17 minutes Website Size: 75 MB