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Only Germans thought the treaty of Versailles was a bad thing.

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Only Germans thought the Treaty of Versailles was a bad thing Do you agree or disagree with this statement? The Treaty of Versailles, which formed the majority of the peace settlement after World War I, was signed on 28 June 1919. Outside the German delegation, it was signed by two countries of the initial Triple Entente that had gone to war against Germany in 1914, France and Britain (the third one was Russia, but they had already signed a separate Treaty at Brest-Litovsk on 3 March 1918), and by a number of nations that had joined them at later stages in the war, the major ones being Italy, Japan, and the United States. In this essay I will be finding out if only the Germans thought that the Treaty of Versailles was a bad thing and if there were any other countries who thought this. I will talk about the opinions of Germany, Britain, France and the USA in order to show if the Germans were the only ones who thought the Treaty was bad. ...read more.

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There is a contradicting source though. Source F, a quote from a British newspaper, says, "There were great scenes outside Buckingham Palace...Londoners flocked in their thousands to cheer the King and Queen." This source shows that the British public was happy with the outcome of the Treaty and what it would bring for Britain. I think that source G was firstly, more reliable, as it came from the Prime Minister himself and not a government-controlled newspaper, and secondly, a much more well-informed and knowledgeable statement towards the outcome of the Treat of Versailles. I think that even though the British Public thought the Treaty of Versailles was a good thing, the Prime Minister had more knowledge on the Treaty. Because of this, I think that this argument supports the issue being discussed. France was very Pro-Treaty all through the conference and remained so long after the Treaty was signed. ...read more.

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The newspaper is very "Pro-Wilson". "Glory today...our great leader" These quotes praise Wilson. This newspaper wanted to tell the public how great the President was and how all of his achievements would let there be World peace. I don't think this is a very good source because it is only praising the Treaty and Wilson and has no criticisms of any of his views or aims which is very unlike human nature. Despite the unreliability of this source, it disagrees with the issue being discussed because it says that America think the Treaty of Versailles was a good thing whereas Germany thought it was bad. In conclusion, I disagree with the statement because not only Germany, but Britain thought that the Treaty of Versailles was a bad thing. I think the opinions of the leaders are accurate but the opinion of Lloyd George, the British Prime Minister, is the most accurate because he knew that Germany would not stand for being treated so badly and would soon rise up and start yet another war. BY MATTHEW SMITHIES 9M ...read more.

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