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Background and Outline of The Treaty of Versailles

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´╗┐Europe after the war: starvation (shortages of food &medicine); countries in a bad situation; new government in Germany with difficulties; communism expansions; ALLIES: angry and wanted revenge, devastates by the damage caused in the first war world, lots of deaths, economy in ruins, France and Belgium are destroyed and devastated, blamed Germany for having starts the war, angrier when they saw the harsh terms of the Brest-Litovsk treaty. Versailles: where the allies met, treaty worked out by the representatives of Britain, France &USA, none of the defeated countries took part. Representatives: Lloyd George (Britain): he wants to restore trade with Germany, which would help Britain?s industry. ...read more.


Disagreements: Clemenceau vs. Wilson: Clemenceau resented Wilson?s generous attitude to Germany. USA had suffered no damage, but France was devastated. Disagreed over Rhineland and coalfields in the Saars, 1870 First German invasion to France->had to give Alsace Lorraine. Clemenceau vs. Lloyd George: Lloyd George didn?t want to treat Germany so harshly but Clemenceau yes did. Lloyd George vs. Wilson: Didn?t agree with Wilson over allowing all nations the access to the seas. Also, self determination was threatening to Britain, and that was what Wilson wanted (Self-Determination). Terms: 1) War Guilt-> Germany had to accept the blame, 2) Germany?s armed forces: army limited to 100,000, conscription banned, soldiers had to be volunteers, Germany couldn?t be armed (vehicles, submarines, aircraft) ...read more.


They didn?t feel guilty, not they felt they had lost the war Germans believed their country should have been at the PPC conference and be represented. Felt they were forced to accept the treaty. Impact 1922: Germany fell behind on it reparations, in 1923 France & Belgium invaded Germany and took German goods, German offered the workers to go on strike, and French killed over 100 workers. Germany had no goods, no trade and no money. Government prints extra money, soon its value crashed. Lost territories (Germany): Upper Silesia (taken from Germany and given to Poland), Lorraine/Rhineland (always belonged to Germany but it was disarmed because it was the frontier to France), Colonies, Saarland (taken out from Germany and given to LON), Dazing (international free port charges of the LON), gave territories to Belgium, Denmark?s &Lithuania. ...read more.

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