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The Treaty of Versailles Pleased No-one How far do you agree with this statement?

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"The Treaty of Versailles Pleased No-one" How far do you agree with this statement? The Treaty of Versailles satisfied no-one totally and many of the terms were quite unfair towards Germany. The treaty was both unfair and cruel and the Big Three (Britain, France and USA) knew this. France was the most pleased with the treaty as since they suffered the greatest casualties and damage they sought revenge and received in the harshness of the treaty. Britain was moderately pleased with the treaty as they wished for Germany to be justly punished but not too harshly; their requirements were partly fulfilled. The USA on the other hand was not very pleased as President Wilson believed that the treaty was much to vindictive towards Germany. The treaty was unfair due to Germany's losses, the breaking of promises and the injustice of the eastern front. During the six months between the cease fire and the final signing of the Treaty of Versailles, millions of German men women and children died. ...read more.

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"There are old wrongs to be righted," Clemenceau commented. There were ancient hates, fears, the memory of the millions butchered on the fronts, the landscape scarred and the demands of revenge against a surrendering Germany. "Woodrow Wilson thinks he is Jesus," Clemenceau remarked, shortly after the Fourteen Points were published. There were arguments within the Big 3 with Clemenceau exclaiming how Wilson knew nothing about European politics. One treaty, of course, cannot satisfy both these left and right wing extremist views In the middle of this continuum lied David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of England. He believed that Germany should be punished justly but not too harshly. He wanted justice, but he did not want revenge. He said that the treaty must not be harsh, that would just cause another war in a few years time. He tried to get a halfway point, a compromise between Wilson and Clemenceau. The terms of the Treaty of Versailles demanded German to accept a war guilt clause under article 231. ...read more.

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Many people in Germany died in vain because of the Kaiser's greed and power hungry mindset. The majority of the population had done nothing wrong and did not deserve to be tortured whilst Germany did not want to sign the treaty. Having said that, the treaty could have been much worse and may have ended with an Allie invasion into Germany. More views of all leaders of the Big 3 should have been counted and therefore the treaty may have pleased them a little more. However, it turned out that all leaders were unhappy with the treaty for different reasons and it was definitely unfair towards Germany. In terms of the first statement, I agree that the treaty did more bad than good and although it may have pleased some people, the majority of the populations were mourning over a lost opportunity to end all wars for good. And Lloyd George, Clemenceau, and Wilson knew that the Treaty of Versailles had not filled their criteria. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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