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"It was inevitable that the Treaty of Versailleswould lead to another war." Do you think that the three leaders made a mistake in 1919?

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"It was inevitable that the Treaty of Versailles would lead to another war." Do you think that the three leaders made a mistake in 1919? In 1919 the leaders of the Allied Powers met in Paris to decide how to restore Europe and deal with the defeated powers. Five treaties were constructed at the Paris Peace Conference. The major treaty was the Treaty of Versailles that aimed at dealing with the issues that had arisen with the defeat of Germany in World War 1 and an attempt at stopping another war. The Primary aim of the Treaty of Versailles was to restore peace to a fragile Europe. The issue of Germany was complex as the Allied Powers could not agree on her future. ...read more.

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Germanys overseas empire were confiscated and former German colonies were controlled by the League of Nations. Germany was also forbidden from uniting forces with Austria. In order to assess whether or not the Treaty inevitably lead to another war it is expedient to highlight the different objectives of the three allied leaders. The French President 'Clemenceau' saw the Treaty as an opportunity to cripple Germany. Public opinion in France strongly supported the view that Germany should be made to pay for the war and should be weakened so that she could never pose a threat to France again. A key aim for the Clemenceau was the return of Alsace and Lorraine to France. The main objective Woodrow Wilson was to ensure peace from the Treaty. ...read more.

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It can be argued that neither Wilson, Lloyd George nor Clemenceau were happy with the Treaty. This became apparent with Wilson's refusal to ratify the Treaty. It can be argued that securing peace in Europe was a huge task and that the Treaty of Versailles was the best that could have been achieved in such difficult circumstances. However, the simple fact that none of the countries were happy with the Treaty of Versailles questions both its reliability and validity. The terms of the treaty were extremely suppressive upon Germany; with the value of hindsight we are aware that a key mandate for the Nazi party was to overthrow the Treaty of Versailles. Therefore it can be argued that it was inevitable that the Treaty of Versailles would lead to another war. However it is vital not to overlook several other confounding factors contributed towards the beginning of World War 2. Samantha Kirby ...read more.

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