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The Treaty of Versailles - was it unfair to Germany?

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Charlie Hanson The treaty of Versailles I agree that the treaty of Versailles was unfair to Germany. The complete blame should not have been passed on to Germany and they should not have been forced to pay reparations when their economic situation was critical. The Germans were very angry about the armistice being signed so they were outrageously angry when the Treaty of Versailles was signed. They considered the Treaty to be much too harsh and unfair and they did not even believe that they should have lost in the first place. Germany, however, was not greatly angered with having to sign the Treaty of Versailles because they had expected it to be based on Woodrow's fourteen-point plan. In which Woodrow proposed that there might be a United Nations where problems within the countries could be sorted without resorting to war. In the fourteen points it said nothing about punishing Germany for starting the war or loosing it. Whereas Britain and France were only interested in punishing Germany for supposedly starting the war. ...read more.

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The Treaty of Versailles punished Germany very harshly in a number of ways and areas. One of these ways was militarily. Germany's army was cut drastically to even less then it was before the war. For example the army was cut to only 100,000 and Germany could not own any armoured vehicles, submarines or any aircraft. This had a greater affect on Germany then it would seem at first glance. At first there is the job losses. During the First World War, Germany had about 2.2 million troops and to go from this to 100,000 troops had very serious affects. There was a much greater number of unemployed as there was not enough employment for them all, so these ex-troops had to be paid benefit. This money had to be raised by increasing the taxes. People no longer were given the chance to serve their country, as they had been able to before. Germany had been greatly weakened so in the occasion of war Germany would not be able to defend herself. ...read more.

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Because Germany had recently been fighting in the war the country was in ruins. Buildings were in need of restoration and towns had to be rebuilt. All this required money, which Germany did not have very much of because it was all going into paying the reparations. Also the ex- army members needed benefit but they were being given any money because there was not any. One of the worst conditions of the Treaty of Versailles was the 'war guilt' clause. Germany had to take sole responsibility for starting the war and take all of the blame for the war. This may have been the most unfair because Germany had not fully started the war by themselves. Many Germans felt very bitter about this condition and it had a lot to do with the starting of World War Two. Not only did the Germans feel that they had not started the war, but they did not even feel that they had lost the war. They thought that they had only agreed to a cease-fire, and had not lost the war. Therefore they should not had been treated so harshly or been treated as a loosing state. ...read more.

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