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To what extent was the Treaty of Versailles justifiable?

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Parker also commented on the same situation and this showed that ideas have not changed from historiography. Parker believes that the reparation could have been demolished if the Americans were willing to cooperate with the British and French to rid of their war debts and therefore the reparations would also be abolished. The refusal of the Americans to back down with the war debts caused the reparations to carry on causing more grievances for the Allies and Germany. Lloyd George also famously denounced the reparation payments and made it seem it was not his fault and blamed it on the French. �The distrust and ruthlessness that swayed their judgements at all the conferences on reparations�.are responsible for the continued unsettlement of Europe.� This shows that the reparations could not have been justifiable if the end result was a failure which caused more problems than it solved. The British public opinion also feels that reparations should be cancelled and this is corroborated with Keynes who found that �everyone naturally attributes all the miseries of the acute deflation which is occurring to reparations.� The only group that felt that reparations were justified were the French, who felt that with a weak German economy she was able to defend any German aggression in the near future and felt that the reparations sum should have been higher. The French delayed the final agreement of the sum for reparations because they felt they were entitled to more of the sum which was finally agreed angered many British politicians who wanted a German economic recovery in order to secure against the Communist threat. Traditionally, the Germans were not considered as an enemy of Britain and many believed that �There is more reason to fear for Germany than to fear Germany.� This shows that Britain did not perceive Germany as a threat and the reparations was only justified by the British as a way of paying back American war debts but still did not support according to contemporary sources such as Lloyd George. ...read more.

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caused by the terms of the treaty and along with the economic crisis in the 1930�s which eventually led to the outbreak of war in 1939. Martin Gilbert A.J.P Taylor � The origins of the second world war �pg. 52. John Maynard Keynes � The Economic Consequences of the Peace RAC Parker -Chamberlain and Appeasement -pg 13 R.A.C Parker -Chamberlain and Appeasement - pg14 Elizabeth Johnson- the collected writings of John Manyard Keynes A.J.P Taylor- The origins of the second world war -pg106 This paper is the property of freeforessays.com Copyright � 2002-2003 This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ jGkG�G�GKHLH�H�H/I0I�I�IJJJJ������������h s�h s�OJQJh s�h s�CJOJQJ%h s�h s�OJQJfHq� ����)h s�h s�CJOJQJfHq� ����h s�h\g h\gh s�9:stZ > � ��.�=�E�E�E�EF@FqF�F�F"G#G$G%GkG�G�G�G���������������������������$a$gd s�gd\gkGJ���G�GLHMHNHOH�H�H�H�H0I1I2I3I�I�I�I�IJJJJJJ�����������������������gd\g$a$gd s�$a$gd s�&1�h:p\g��/ ��=!�'"�'#��$��%��D@�D NormalCJ_H aJmH nHsH tHDA@�D Default Paragraph FontRi�R Table Normal�4� l4�a� (k�(No ListDZ@�D \g Plain TextCJOJQJ^JaJ4@4 s�Header ���!4 @4 s�Footer ���!`�o"` s�watermark header$a$CJOJQJfHq� ����N�o2N s�watermark footer$a$ CJOJQJBT����r�V�:��J&�GJ')J(j?k?�?�?M@O@�@�@1A3A�A�ABBB��alex�\g s��@k?8�BP@��Unknown������������G��z ��Times New Roman5V��Symbol3&� �z ��Arial7&�� �VerdanaG5�� �����h�MS Mincho-�3� fg?5� �z ��Courier New"1���h�M�f�M�f�M�f� �4�� �4�$�������4n?n?2�� H�?������������������\g��7To what extent was the Treaty of Versailles justifiableTCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution ProhibitedTCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibitedalexalex�� ��Oh��+'��0����@P�� ( D P \ ht|���8To what extent was the Treaty of Versailles justifiableUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution ProhibitedualexewoUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibitedu>Downloaded from Coursework.Info - http://www.coursework.info/is Normal.dotfalexl.d2exMicrosoft Word 10.0@@�EŒï¿½@�EŒï¿½@�EŒï¿½ï¿½ �4�� ��Õ.��+,��D��Õ.��+,���T���H����� ���� � 4�UCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution ProhibitedtUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution ProhibitedtUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibitedt�?�n?A 8To what extent was the Treaty of Versailles justifiable Titled@���+K_PID_LINKBASE CopyrightDownloaded FromCan RedistributeOwner�A4http://www.coursework.comcoursework.comehttp://www.coursework.comofNo, do not redistributecoursework.com/ !"#$%&'()*����,-./012����456789:����<=>?@AB��������E��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Root Entry�������� �Fr\Œï¿½G�1Table��������+WordDocument��������(TSummaryInformation(����3DocumentSummaryInformation8������������;CompObj������������j������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���� �FMicrosoft Word Document MSWordDocWord.Document.8�9�q ...read more.

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