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Do you agree that the Treaty of versailles was unfair to Germany?

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Four years of painful fighting and tragic loss for both sides had ceased, but how do the Allies punish Germany? On the twenty-eighth of June 1919, representatives from thirty-two countries met in a grand palace in Versailles forty-two miles outside of Paris for a five-month conference to decide how to punish Germany and her allies. A treaty was formed. It consisted of seventy-five thousand words, four hundred and forty clauses and two hundred pages, which created the Treaty Of Versailles. The newly formed Republic of Germany had little or no say in the negotiations, and for 2 months refused to sign. Only the threat of military action and occupation made her reluctantly agree to sign it. But was it fair on Germany? Did they deserve the terms of the treaty? ...read more.


Also, the 'War-Guilt Clause' was inflicted on Germany. This meant under Article 231, 'Germany accepts responsibility for causing all the loss and damage to which the Allied governments have been subjected as a consequence of the war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany.' For me, this is the most unfair of all the terms of the treaty because it is wrong to assume that Germany did cause and start the war. To work out what or who did, you have to consider what events took place preceding the war. You also have to think about 'Which spark lit the bonfire?' Was it the shooting in Sarajevo? In my opinion it was. If Franz Ferdinand and his wife had not been shoot in Bosnia then Austria wouldn't had needed Germany to help them. ...read more.


Also, the amount of land that was taken away from Germany was too severe and was just and invitation for other countries to try and take advantage. In addition, not letting Germany join the newly formed League of nations was stupid because the point of the treaty was to prevent another war happening and refusing them admission was just souring Germany further. Of the Big three that attended the conference I feel that Georges Clemenceau got what he wanted most of all and that Woodrow Wilson got least what he wanted. This is because Clemenceau wanted bitter revenge on Germany for the damage they caused. I feel he got this because the terms of the treaty were unfair on Germany. But Wilson just wanted world peace because he didn't want another war ever again. Unfortunately, not everybody shared these views because if they did then World War Two wouldn't have taken place. ...read more.

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