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How Far Was The Treaty Of Versailles Fair?

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How Far Was The Treaty Of Versailles Fair? Haroon Anwar 10Q The treaty of Versailles was fair for some of the countries as it provided some of the nations involved with benefits; for example France, but gave the enemies harsh decrees to deal with - of course this concerned Germany. What the League of Nations thought had been fair laws for Germany to deal with had meant extremely difficult consequences and impacts for the country to cope with; for the leaders of the country as well as the general public. Of course views from the public of different nations would have differed as to how fair they thought the treaty was, and the aim of this study is to provide a distinguished analysis between the different nations' views and to also come to an ultimate decision as to how fair the treaty was overall. I will be focusing on the nations that were ruled by the "Big Three", France, UK, and the US. Firstly I am going to look at the French view of the treaty, and see how fair the treaty was for the people of France and how far the government was satisfied, and also how France's compensation costs effected Germany. I will determine whether I think the compensation to France was fair as well. Germany was told to give �6.6 billion worth of reparations to France, which had been reduced from an initial amount of �24 billion. ...read more.

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I do not think that they actually realized the consequences of this gain; the German people suffered greatly, but I do not think that they would have cared very much, or they would have just simply said that they deserved it. Finally, when Germany's compensation to France was delayed and hindered by financial turmoil within the country, France invaded the key industrial zone, the Ruhr, and took all the goods from the town. Germany did rely on this region for making certain goods and when the French invaded it, the country suffered another economical blow. I think that the French were being quite harsh to Germany if you look at the situation the German people were in at that time; but on a larger scale if we look at what Germany had caused France then I think that France's demands/the decrees of the treaty of Versailles were quite fair to an extent. The UK did not exactly benefit as much from the Treaty as the French had. They did gain one of the colonies as a Mandate; Tanganyika, but did not actually gain any permanent land or major reparations/compensation. They were given some battleships, (as Germany was not permitted to own any battleships any longer) but when Germany had brought the ships to the UK they sunk them. The electorate of Great Britain would have probably not placed high emphasis on how very fair the treaty was; because of the fact that they did not gain as much as the French. ...read more.

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If the treaty is not ratified by the Senate, the war will have been fought in vain, and the world will be thrown into chaos. I promised our soldiers, when I asked them to take up arms, that it was a war to end wars..." Of course, Wilson thought that the Treaty was fair. But unlike France he did not think it fair due to personal gain that the US received; in fact the United States did not receive any reparations. In effect, the US did not officially ratify the Treaty as the views of the senate did not match those of the President. I think overall that the Treaty was fair in some ways but in some ways it wasn't. For example I feel that the reparation amounts were a lot for Germany to deal with; and when the economic break down occurred, I think France should have given Germany time to recover from its financial crisis and wait for the reparations rather than invade the Ruhr and simply take the goods by force. I do not think that France comprehended the magnitude of the predicament in Germany at the time. I think it was good that the German army was cut down, to prevent them from ever trying to launch an attack again, but I do think that the amount it was cut down to was a bit too low. The fact that Germany was not allowed to own tanks seems a bit harsh; as I think that military tradition seemed quite significant in Germany. ...read more.

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