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How Far Do You Agree That The Paris Peace Settlements Were Too Harsh?

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How Far Do You Agree That The Paris Peace Settlements Were Too Harsh? The peace treaties that were agreed in Paris all demanded payment of reparations, the acceptance of war guilt, a degree of disarmament and control over numbers of offensive forces, losing land, and were drawn up by the League Of Nations. There have been many debates over whether these conditions were too harsh or not harsh enough, and about whether the League of Nations abused the power they had given themselves over other countries. I am going to give my opinion (for what it is worth) about these treaties and which particular aspects of the, were harshest. Did the countries sign their soul, economy and future away in and around 1920's, and were they almost forced to fight to regain their soul, economy and give them a reasonably optimistic future? The pen is mightier than the sword (or even a gun)! In a flourish of a pen Germany, Turkey, Hungary, Austria and Bulgaria all effectively betrayed themselves. Every living, wounded or dead man who donned his army uniform to fight for his country, to fight for the countries (if not his own) beliefs, all these man are now seen through the eyes of the general public around the world as evil. ...read more.


Yes, they damaged the enemy but the enemy lost the war, now lets make them suffer the repercussions! That would have been the attitude and I agree with it, it is justified, why should you suffer when you have the power to recoup your losses from other nations. Although this sounds harsh, in this circumstance/context it is not. As it is easy to sit at a computer, with a left wing state of mind and write about what should have done but in reality the people were bitter and vengeful and they wanted the enemy to pay for the damage it did. The disarmament of all nations was most fair in my opinion, the best way to prevent a war is to ensure there is no material or personnel to invade or fight with. Although this lost a lot of jobs for people who worked in the army and left countries vulnerable to attack, The League of Nations aim was to stop future invading so that this wouldn't be a problem and these disarmaments would probably be slowly eased as time progressed and the enemy states became trustworthier. If a country has a small army it cannot attack other nations, that was the reason and it was a just one. The problems were that France invaded Germany in 1922 laying to waste any peaceful League of Nations ideas and principles. ...read more.


In conclusion I would say the peace treaties were not very harsh and can easily see why people would find it harsh, depending on your stance politically. Unfortunately in reality the treaties were harsh enough to make Germany hate the League enough o go back to war with them, also giving them little option other then war as the country was falling apart having about 4 governments in 3 years, this shows the publics dissatisfaction with the governments, meaning the country was near impossible to rule due to hyper inflation, low morale and spiralling debts. But they were not harsh enough to stop Germany being able to retaliate the disarmament was not controlled strictly enough leaving Germany free to make an army. The League of Nations was not strong enough to stop France invading Germany (in the Ruhr, stealing valuable coal mines), making Germany feel victimized and below the law. No treaty was ever going to make everyone happy but these treaties were aimed purely at the short term, and after 10 years, all treaties were in tatters, it only took Turkey 3 years to fight against France and Britain, win easily and re-negotiate a better treaty for them. When it comes down to it, the first treaty signed in regards to the First World War was created by Germany; it set the standard for the allies' treaties. War Is Hard, Peace Is Harder. Leo Matlock ...read more.

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