Posted on 02-10-2010
Filed Under (History, Uncategorized) by Rashtrakut

Tomorrow, Sunday October 3, 2010 marks a milestone.  Ninety One years after the Treaty of Versailles, 65 years after the end of World War II and 20 years after its second reunification,  Germany will make the final reparation payment imposed by the victorious and vengeful Allied powers for its alleged guilt in causing the First World War.  The reparations were controversial as soon as they imposed.  John Maynard Keynes resigned his post in the British treasury to protest the scale of the demands.  They were repeatedly reduced in the 1920s and finally Germany under Hitler repudiated them.  The payment tomorrow is actually for the debt the Weimar Republic incurred to pay the original reparations.  However, they bring another of the poisonous legacies of the treaties that concluded the Great War to a close. The problems caused by the creation of another Yugoslavia in the Land of the Two Rivers by imposing a foreign ruler against the wishes of the local population will bother us for many years to come.

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