World War I officially ended in late 1918. Due to it being the end of a major war each country involved had to discuss and come up with specific arrangements for going forward. The main countries that came together that discussed the peace settlement were: France, Britain, United States, and Italy. Recent historians have argued that the peace settlement at the end of World War I helped pave the way for World War II, how did they argue this point?
The first issue that arose with the peace settlement was Germany not being allowed to be involved in any of the peace settlement discussions directly. This put Germany into a difficult position because they themselves could not directly discuss the terms of peace. The outcome of the peace settlement for Germany was that the country itself was broken into smaller parts, and divided between the countries of Italy, France, and Poland. Germany lost most of its outside territories and colonies. This in and of itself left much room for resentment and anger in the German people. Thus this was how some historians argued that the peace settlement at the end of World War I helped pave the way for World War II.