And it was a reign of terror.
Reality: Germany got the kid-glove treatment. You know the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires? No. Because the ToV wiped them off the map.
It left Germany intact.
When people are economically anxious for real, they're busy surviving. Ain't got time for genocide.
"Economic anxiety" is an excuse that comfortable people need to believe, in order to do uncomfortable things.
Then we can talk about the important role of *wealth inequality* in pushing genocidal campaigns!
"The Myth of Reparations," 1978 jstor.org/stable/4545835…
They deliberately destroyed the economies of the countries they invaded. That's why they had to pay reparations.
They actually *received* staggering flows of cash from the US during the '20s & early '30s. This was done specifically to prop up the German economy.
IOW: if you've ever made fun of Greece, Argentina, or other "dumb countries" for their defaults, now you've got a 3rd punching bag. Weimar Germany.
It's something that comfortable people say, so they can do uncomfortable things.