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The following reasons were all equally important reasons why Germany was dissatisfied with the Treaty. 1) The reduction in armed forces, the loss of territory and the imposing of war guilt and reparations. How far do you agree with this statement?

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The following reasons were all equally important reasons why Germany was dissatisfied with the Treaty. 1) The reduction in armed forces 2) The loss of territory 3) The imposing of war guilt and reparations. How far do you agree with this statement? When the Treaty of Versailles was released on the 7 May 1918, Germany was shocked and disgusted to discover that it was not based on Woodrow Wilson's 14 points, as the Allies had earlier promised. Germany felt that this "peace" treaty was dictated to them, and felt the demands made by it were unfair. The treaty pointed the blame entirely on Germany, and the German people felt this was unjust, as they felt that France, Russia and Britain had encircled them, and they believed that they had started the war in defence. ...read more.

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Germany was forbidden Anschluss with Austria, German-speaking people were divided and hived off into new countries, to be ruled by non-German people. Germany lost key industrial areas, such as the Saar and Upper Silesia, which produced much of their coal and iron output, leading to a loss of over 16% of its coalfields and over half of its iron and steel industry. The British and the French increased their empires by taking control of the Middle Eastern German territories, Germany lost all of its colonies, and the Polish Corridor. Losing the Polish Corridor split Germany into two, and part of their sovereign state, East Prussia was separated from them. The loss of territory was a huge blow to German pride, and a further blow to the economy. ...read more.

Conclusion

If the Allies had imposed a less punishing agreement, Germany might have been more stable financially and politically, might not have found the reasons it did to rearm and the second world war may have been avoided. In conclusion, Germany felt that the treaty was a punitive and dictated peace. The nation felt outraged by the supposedly unfair demands made by the Treaty of Versailles, particularly, and equally upset about the particular points 1-3 in the question title. I therefore agree with the statement strongly, as the treaty had taken away important pillars of the German nation's pride, their fighting capability, their territory and their economic independence and saddled them with the guilt of the war. ...read more.

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