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History: The Treaty of Versailles

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History Prep- Picture Description Ivan Kam The message of this cartoon deals with the defeated nation- Germany, which was no shirt in the cartoon. This picture was painted during the time after Germany had lost the war. During the Treaty of Versailles, defeated nations were not allowed to take part and put forward their viewpoints. As we can see from the cartoon, only the big three are there. Which were the US President Woodrow Wilson, the British Prime Minister Lloyd George and the French Prime Minister Clemenceau. It means that the major decisions were determined by them. At Versailles, it was difficult to decide on a common position because their aims conflicted with one another. ...read more.


He was trying to reason why. Secondly, David Lloyd George. He personally agreed with Wilson's principles. As seen from the cartoon, he was frowning-seemed to be unhappy. Because British people were strong in their demands for revenge since they has suffer great loss of life and property in the war. In his hands, he was probably holding the Treaty of Versailles. As he tried to strike a compromise between the ideal demands of Wilson and the extreme demands of Clemenceau. Lloyd George thought that Germany was an important customer for British trade and so should not be kept too weak. Lastly, Clemenceau, know as tiger because of his hostile attitude. France had lost 1.5 million military personnel and an estimated 400,000 civilians to the war. ...read more.


Under the treaty, Germany lost 13% of land. For example, Alsace-Lorraine to France, Posen and The Polish Corridor to Poland. Moreover, Germany lost 12%of her people, 10% of coal, 48% of her iron, and 15% of her agricultural production. The War Guilt Clause and the loss of armed forces wounded the national pride of Germany. In the cartoon, the man's shoulder was upright; symbolizing Germany had done nothing wrong because it was to blame the Kaiser, but not the new Germany. German people and the government were angry and bitter about the terms of the treaty. We could notify from the cartoon. They were determined to take revenge on the victors in order to regain the lost of territories and their pride. German discontent and feelings of revenge later created new problems in post-war Europe. ...read more.

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