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Did the Treaty of Versailles treat Germany unfairly?

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Did the Treaty of Versailles treat Germany unfairly? The Paris Peace Conference opened on 12th January 1919, meetings were held at various locations in and around Paris until 20th January, 1920. Leaders of 32 states representing about 75% of the world's population, attended. However, negotiations were dominated by the five major powers responsible for defeating the Central Powers: the United States, Britain, France, Italy and Japan. Important figures in these negotiations included Georges Clemenceau the French prime minister, David Lloyd George the British prime minister, Vittorio Orlando for Italy, and Woodrow Wilson the United States president. Eventually five treaties emerged from the Conference that dealt with the defeated powers. ...read more.


The major powers agreed, without consulting Germany, that Germany had to pay the reparations to the allies for the damages caused in the war. The exact figure was agreed in 1921, it was set at �6,600 million. Germany saw this as a way to crash the German economy and it would take years to rebuild it after crippling it so severely. The winning powers wanted this, to teach Germany a lesson and to impede them from attacking any country soon after the war. Germany lost many territories and colonies as part of the Treaty of Versailles. Their overseas empire was eliminated this was a cause of many bad relations between Germany and Britain, who now mutually occupied these colonies after distributing it them and other winning powers. ...read more.


I don't think the Treaty of Versailles was particularly fair on Germany, some of the terms wouldn't have been allowed today and what some countries expected was too much. Germany was not involved in any of the negotiations so had no say in what would happen to the future of their country. The winning nations set out to economically trample Germany in the future, not leaving them with many options. They were treated so harshly because they were the defeated state. The fourteen points (national self determination) were not applied. The German national pride was diminished from the massive loss of territory and armament. Germany also felt that they hadn't lost the war but only accepted the cease fire. Stephanie Case ...read more.

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