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"The Treaty of Versilles was far too harsh on Germany." To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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To what extent do you agree with this statement? I think that the treaty of Versailles was harsh on Germany because even though they were a part of the war, so were the allies, yet they didn't take any blame for the war. The French wanted revenge and Wilson wanted peace. These two, conbined, still made a harsh treaty. Lloyd George tried to get a 'halfway point' between the two but ended up going mostly to France because that was what the British people wanted. The blank cheque that was given to Germany was like putting a blindfold over their eye, but they had no way out. All Germany could do was hope that the 'big three', Lloyd George, Clemenceau, Wilson, would take pity on them, so they also lost their pride and dignity, which the German people hated. The German argument over the 6,600 reparations that was told them in 1921, was that they had no money to pay it. They had also a lot of damage as the Allies, so they would go bankrupt, which they later did. ...read more.

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If the Treaty was less harsher it wouldn't have dragged on with the payments and the arguments and Germany might not of had that much revenge stored away. All the countries could have learnt to live with each other and concentrate on the problems in their countries, like poverty. However, from the reaction when Russia had a revolution and pulled out of the war, this might have not been the case. Germany were very harsh on Russia and they took away their land and made them pay. Maybe Germany, if they had won would have done a worse treaty and therefore should be punished. France did have a good point when they said that they should have most say in the treaty because the war was all fought on their land and they had the most casualties including innocent people. Frances's argument against Lloyd George and Woodrow Wilson was "America is far away, protected by the ocean. Not even Napoleon himself could touch England. You are both sheltered - we are not." Germany was dangerous and could start another war. If they were poor and had no back up from countries overseas'. ...read more.

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France did not believe Germany when they said they had no money to pay so Germany thought that the only way would be to print lots of money which was higher in value than it was before. This idea had one flaw, they printed too much and the money became worthless and prices were inflated. They went bankrupt within a few months. France by this time had had enough, so they invaded Germany, looking for money. Britain and America did not get involved, they refused. The Germans got even more angry with this but sill they couldn't do anything about it. Looking back on my research I still feel that the treaty of Versailles was very harsh. Even though I feel that France were in some ways right in their pursuit of justice. It built up revenge on Britain, France and the USA, which would be dangerous in a few years. If the treaty had been kinder to the German's then there wouldn't be so much anger built up over the years. This treaty could have been a main factor why the Second World War started, therefore I agree with the statement but I feel that Germany were treated fairly to some extent. ...read more.

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