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The Versailles Treaty - The Impact On The German Nation

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The Versailles Treaty The Impact On The German Nation After the war was over the countries on the winning side decided that they should do something so that there was never another war of this scale again. The country that everyone blamed for the war (except for Germany) was Germany. It was decided that Germany should be punished for starting the terrible war so all of the "important" countries on the winning side met in Versailles to decide on that punishment. The three main countries that participated in the meeting were; Great Britain (David Lloyd-George), France (George Clemenceau) and The U.S.A (Woodrow Wilson). ...read more.

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The result of this meeting was 'The Treaty of Versailles' which turned out to be very harsh on Germany, who not only had to accept the blame for WW1 but also had land taken off them. Germany was forced to pay reparations of �6.6 billion, it lost its Empire and it had to virtually disarm all of its army. Germany had not been allowed to participate at the Treaty, and in effect the Treaty was imposed at the point of the bayonet. Most of the territorial losses could be justified: though they amounted, to about 28,000 square miles. ...read more.

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They did not see how they could pay the ridiculous reparations when its main industrial areas had been taken off them and it was also in an economic crisis because of this the Germans wanted more that ever their land back. Many Germans were living in foreign countries and Germany had lost its entire Empire this meant that German citizens were now living under foreign rule, separated from friends and family. This anger inside the German people led to them wanting revenge. Therefore the "Treaty Of Versailles" which was supposed to bring peace inevitably brought the Second World War. ...read more.

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