Reparations are payments made to repair a breach or injustice. Sometimes the word imdemnity is used.
Large reparations have sometimes caused extensive economic damage to the countries that have to pay them: for example, after the First World War the Treaty of Versailles obliged Germany to pay enormous reparations to France and the other allied nations. This compounded the already heavy costs associated with the war itself and thereby contributed significantly to the rampant inflation that afflicted the country during the 1920s and 1930s, and by extension National Socialism taking Germany over.[Citation Needed]