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The Treaty of Versailles.

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A treaty is an agreement made between two countries in order to prevent war from occurring. A treaty is presented during a war to stop the war from carrying on. Countries come to an agreement for a peace settlement, so that a long term peace can be established. A treaty should be fair so that all counties can agree and no one country feels as if it has no power as this can lead to anger and wanting revenge. Context * What were the motives and the aims of the big three and the Versailes? * Why was it so difficult to make a peace settlement which would please everyone? * How ere the important decisions made during the peace conference? * What were the main differences in the aims of the 'Big three'? * Why did all the Victors not get everything they wanted? * Conclusion What were the motives and aims of the 'Big three' and Versailles? The big three were France, Britain and America. They were represented by: All of the 'Big three' had different aims. Clemenceau wanted to punish Germany hard enough to keep France safe and Lloyd George didn't want to punish Germany harshly but still wanted them to pay for reparations. Wilson however wanted to be generous, to stop wars from happening again. This is understandable because France and Britain both suffered however America did not suffer in the same way. ...read more.

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Germany were forced to pay �6.6 billion in reparations 5) Germany lost it's empire- areas around the world 6) The league of Nations was set up to keep word peace In my opinion the Treaty of Versailles could have been much better. It shouldn't have been so harsh on the Germans- the reparation fees were far too much! Why was it so difficult to make a peace settlement that would please everyone? All the Countries wanted different things and could not agree on what punishment the Germans should receive. Britain felt that the Treaty of Versailes was too harsh on the Germans where as France felt that it was not harsh enough. The other 32 nations weren't really interested about how harshly Germany should be punished. They just wanted what they had been promised by Britain and France. These were the separate treaties made during the war. Britain and France promised countries pieces of land if they helped fight in the war. However once the war was over they did not want to sign off land to these other Nations. It was not possible to make a treaty that would benefit and suit everyone. Everyone needed to make compromises this meant nobody got the peace settlement they wanted. I think that everybody including America who left the League of Nations should have also had more of a say. President Wilson's '14 points' should have been further discussed and thought about. How were the important decisions made during the peace conference? ...read more.

Conclusion

During the war Lloyd and Clemenceau made secret treaties with other nations such as Italy and Japan. They agreed to sign land to them if they fought in the war against Germany. Once the war had ended Lloyd and Clemenceau were not very keen about giving the other nations their promised territory. However they did give, what was promised which meant that they didn't get all the land that they wanted. Clemenceau was not able to get the German frontier pushed to the Rhineland's as the other powers did not agree with this. Lloyd George was not able to get all the money that he wanted from reparations, simply because Germany could not afford it. Woodrow Wilson also did not get his '14 points' established because the other powers did not agree with them. America left the League of Nations along with some other countries which also meant that the League of Nations wasn't as strong as it could have been with the support of one of the great powers, America. Conclusion I think that once the peace treaty was made, many people regretted ever suggesting some of the points. I also think that everyone was aware of the outcomes of the treaty. I believe that the Countries would have had at least a vague idea about the fact that Germany wouldn't have been able to pay the reparations and that due to the frustration and anger of the German people, something major was most definitely going to happen. ...read more.

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