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Do you think the big 3 could have done better in drawing up the treaty of Versaillesor did they do the best they could in difficult circumstances?

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Do you think the big 3 could have done better in drawing up the treaty of Versailles or did they do the best they could in difficult circumstances? I think that the big 3 could have done better in drawing up the treaty of Versailles. However, I also think that the big 3 did very well in the difficult circumstances and high pressure at that time... The big 3 did very well in difficult circumstances because there was a lot of pressure on them to draw up the treaty as soon as possible due to political, social and economic reasons. There was always going to be the threat of communism to occur when a country was becoming weak economically. Russia had first introduced this and many other people in different countries liked the idea of communism. ...read more.

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The big 3 dealt with this well as they introduced new states and frontline boundaries and by drawing up the treaty in a reasonable period of time. The big three had promised different countries that they would be rewarded with land if they helped in the war. Some promised had been fulfilled, others created conflicts. Italy was rewarded with a small part of German land and a small region called Trieste, however, this was not enough to satisfy Italy. The Palestinians and Jews had both been promised to be rewarded with independent homeland but neither received any. Economically, the big three had not done too badly as Northern France was mostly destroyed during the war so the French needed the reparations from Germany as soon as possible to rebuild the bridges, buildings, defenses, and roads destroyed during the war to pay America their war debts. ...read more.

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I think that the big three were too strict on Germany...and the German resentment is one of the main reasons why the Second World War broke out. The Germans also complained about no 'anschluss' since they were witnessing other countries having self-determination. By creating many new smaller countries and by having some countries lose land to others, the big three created 'built-in' future problems. Most of the new smaller countries did not have enough resources and proper means of transportation ...therefore; many actions had to be made to get the new countries into shape. Some people who were living in one of the countries of the central powers (e.g. Hungary), had to live in another country speaking a totally different language and living a different life (e.g. Romania). This created minority grievances throughout many countries. In conclusion, I think that the big three had done well in drawing up the treaty of Versailles, although they could have done better in certain areas... ...read more.

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