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It would be great if you could help me understand these questions...I know the background, I was just wondering about the following questions.

1.) Why did France find it difficult to achieve security after the Versailles Treaty? Was the invasion of the Ruhr wise?

2.) Was the failure of the Weimar Republic in German inevitable? What were the Republic's greatest strengths and weaknesses (both internal and external)?

3.) Why did France and Britain adopt a policy of appeasement in the 1930's? Did the West buy valuable time to rearm at Munich in 1938?

Thank you!

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You have some great questions here regarding European instability after the Great War. Before we look at each question, here's a couple of strong quotes from a textbook I use called A Brief History of Western Civilization: The Unfinished Legacy.

"...No nation obtained what it wanted from the peace settlement. The defeated nations believed that they had been badly abused. The victorious nations were aware of the compromises they had reluctantly accepted...A new and stable balance of power depended on the participation of Russia, the United States, and the British Empire. But Russia was excluded from and hostile to the peace settlement, the United States was uncommitted to it, and the British Empire declined to guarantee it. All three Great Powers backed off from their European responsibilities at the end of the war. By 1920, all aspects of the treaty, but especially the reparations clause, had been questioned and criticized by the very governments that had written and accepted them. The search for a lasting peace had just ...

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The solution is attached as a word document and provides answers to specific questions in relation to topics in European history (see original problem/long description) including French, German and Franco-British topics pre-WW2.