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How far do you think that the Treaty of Versailles was unfair on Germany?

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´╗┐How far do you think that the Treaty of Versailles was unfair on Germany The Treaty of Versailles was considered a ?treaty of the people? as it entailed the liberation of both small and large countries. It achieved a compromise between the three main allied leaders and set up the first organisation for world peace. However after only 20 years, this so called peace resulted in WW2. A determining factor in this second war occurring was the treatment of Germany, which raises the question whether the Treaty was unfair to Germany and what caused them to want revenge just 20 years later. After losing the War, the Kaiser fled Germany, leaving a new government to manage a country in collapse with huge debts and shortages. Despite the fact that they did not take Germany into the war, this was the government that had to sign the treaty. ...read more.

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Germany had been let off and helped to rebuild that a Hitler figure would have always arose wanting more, not boding well for the future. Germany then in November 1918 wanted peace talks based around the 14 points because they thought that this way they would get a better deal. It was not because they believed in the ideas. However this was not accepted by the allies as they had previously rejected them, and were instead made to pay reparations. Clemenceau wanted the Treaty to be much harsher than it was. He wanted Germany to be broken into smaller states. Wilson stopped this happening but in fact the Treaty dealt a half blow to Germany as it damaged her enough to cause resentment but not enough so that she wasn’t strong enough to seek revenge which wasn’t wise. Germany was forced to pay £6600 million as reparations which was deemed fair as France had been ravaged by the fighting and in order to rebuild needed a large amount ...read more.

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This took away 34% of their population and 50% of industry, because they lost lots of land. They also were made to pay 300 million gold roubles in reparations. This shows the treaty to be fair on Germany as they did exactly the same to Russia. The Treaty could have justifiably been a lot harsher; Germany was still economically the most powerful nation in Europe. It was much less harsh on Germany than public opinion in the winning countries and historians feel the peacemakers were restrained. In my opinion the Treaty of Versailles was fair on Germany, as they caused havoc on an economical and physical level: most of France needed rebuilding and Britain has only recently paid back her debt to America from the War. However the problem was the dangerous place they left Germany in. We left them wanting revenge and the tools to do it. In order to have prevented WW2 I think that something on the lines of Clemenceau?s ideas would have been needed; breaking Germany up so that it was never powerful enough to cause another war. ...read more.

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