Definition of the Treaty of Versailles from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Treaty of Versailles

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the agreement, made in 1919 between the Allies and Germany, which officially ended World War I and established the League of Nations. According to the agreement, Germany was severely punished. It was forced to pay large amounts of money for damage done during the war, tight restrictions were placed on the number of armed forces it was allowed to have, and it lost possession of large areas of territory. This helped to cause poverty and disorder in Germany, and many people believe that the Treaty of Versailles created the circumstances which led to the Nazis coming to power and therefore to World War II.