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How justified was the Treaty of Versailles?

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How justified was the Treaty of Versailles? The treaty of Versailles was justified in some ways as it could have been much more worse. However,there are negative parts to the treaty. Even before the treaty was signed problems arose leading to it being not fair in some circumstances. Germany was not having a say in the League of Nations. Also, Versailles is not exactly a good place to hold a peace talk as it was in Paris, as France wanted Germany destroyed. This is unjustified because it was supposed be a peace conference so ever country should have a say but instead it was revenge. Germany had to sign Article 231 (The war guilt clause) saying that she started the war. This is not justified as she did not entirely start the war and it is not entirely her fault the war started in the first place it takes a number of countries to start a war. ...read more.


This was unfair since this affected Germany's economy and she cannot pay off her debts. If the only thing that can help Germany pay the reparations is taken away from her. Germany's military services were restricted. Germany was to have 100,000 men for an army, conscription was banned, the Navy could only have six battleships, the Rhineland became a demilitarised zone. Also, Germany was not allowed any armoured vehicles, submarines or aircrafts. This left Germany disarmed making her unable to defend herself from being invaded. With this there was territorial adjustment. Germany had all her colonies taken from her. Many of the German colonies became mandates making them temporarily looked after by the League of Nations. This meant there was an expansion to the British and French empires. This was unjustified. Some of Germany's land was given away leading to people losing their German nationality. Germany was also not to unite with Austria in case they cause trouble. ...read more.


There was the treaty named Brest-Litovsk this was a treaty between Germany and Russia. Germany had forced Russia to sign the agreement of the treaty Russia also had no say in the treaty, nevertheless Russia was treated a lot harsher. Therefore this was fair if they are allowed to do the same thing to Russia other countries are surely allowed to do the same to her. The treaty could have been a lot harsher if France had her way because the French president Georges Clemenceau and his public wanted Germany destroyed. Therefore, this is fair because Germany is lucky to get off with a lighter punishment. The treaty of Versailles was a bad treaty and was not very successful but it could have been worse if the French got what they wanted. The treaty was justified in some conditions such as Germany knew what the consequences of war are and she willingly entered war but in some cases it is not justified for example it was many innocent people who had to suffer the consequences. On Overall the treaty was both justified and unjustified. Nishat Choudhury 10KP ...read more.

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