'The human price of reparations' in 'After the Versailles treaty. Enforcement, compliance, contested identities'

Conan Fischer, Conan Fischer (Editor), A. Sharp (Editor)

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Abstract

Post-1918 Germany was gripped by severe foof shortages that devastated the health of urban children in particular. German politicans and officials became increasingly convinced that a state of near famine and the accompanying scourges of social and political disorder could not be adequately addressed given the demands placed on public finances and the wider economy by the reparations regime. While the British reacted by counselling a moderation of the reparations regime, the French accused Germany of instrumentalizing domestic crisis to undermine reparations and thereby compromise the Versailles Settlement. French sanctions culminated in an invasion of the Ruhr District in January 1923, which served to create a devastating famine in the region and to intensify popular antipathy in Germany to the reparations regime. The article concludes by considering briefly links between the perceived perfidy of reparations and the subsequent resonance of Nazi ideology and policy.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfter the Versailles Treaty. Enforcement, Compliance, Contested Identities
Place of PublicationLondon
Pages81-96
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2009

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Versailles
Enforcement
Reparation
Treaties
Germany
Famine
Antipathy
Compromise
Nazi Ideology
Health
Invasion
Counseling
Public Finance
Sanctions
Moderation
Economy

Keywords

  • European history
  • modern history
  • military history
  • naval history

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Fischer, C., Fischer, C. (Ed.), & Sharp, A. (Ed.) (2009). 'The human price of reparations' in 'After the Versailles treaty. Enforcement, compliance, contested identities'. In After the Versailles Treaty. Enforcement, Compliance, Contested Identities (pp. 81-96). London.
Fischer, Conan ; Fischer, Conan (Editor) ; Sharp, A. (Editor). / 'The human price of reparations' in 'After the Versailles treaty. Enforcement, compliance, contested identities'. After the Versailles Treaty. Enforcement, Compliance, Contested Identities. London, 2009. pp. 81-96
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'The human price of reparations' in 'After the Versailles treaty. Enforcement, compliance, contested identities'. / Fischer, Conan; Fischer, Conan (Editor); Sharp, A. (Editor).

After the Versailles Treaty. Enforcement, Compliance, Contested Identities. London, 2009. p. 81-96.

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Fischer C, Fischer C, (ed.), Sharp A, (ed.). 'The human price of reparations' in 'After the Versailles treaty. Enforcement, compliance, contested identities'. In After the Versailles Treaty. Enforcement, Compliance, Contested Identities. London. 2009. p. 81-96