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Treaty of Versailles, was it fair?

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Treaty of Versailles, was it fair? By Edward Smirnov After world war one, Germany was forced to sign a treaty by the Allies in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles on June 28, 1919. The Germans saw this treaty as very humiliating as their land, people and colonies were taken away from her but the Allies kept theirs, also they were not aloud to actively participate in the council as they were communicated via written notes with no oral discussion. In addition to that they received what they thought harsh demands from the Allies where they were not aloud an army more than 100,000, no U-boats neither aircrafts and only 6 battleships, not to mention the huge amounts of money they had to pay out as compensation for the damages of the war to Britain and especially France (over 36,000 million pounds). They had no choice but to sign as they had lost the war and the Allies threatened to invade Berlin. Germany sworn her vengeance for the shame of the treaty of 1919 and was the treaty fair? The Germans claimed it was not fair because of all the extreme demands like their limited arms and army and especially the cost demanded for compensation of the war, and from my opinion they had very right to do so. ...read more.

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and loosing it. That is something they had to accept. I also think that their talk about their great territory loss of 13% (including 10% of her population, 14% of her farmland and 75% of her iron ore resources) was their way to say something against the treaty and not accept it with silence because they themselves had Russia sign a unpleasant treaty (Treaty of Brest-Litovsk) during the war where Russia gave up 54% of her industry, 34% of her population, 89% of her coal mines and was forced to pay 6 billion marks to Germany. There for I think it was very fair that land, territories and colonies were taken away from Germany as she would do exactly the same if Germany had one the war, hence the fact that the treaty did not weaken Germany as what they had complained, their steel production was twice that of Britain by the end of 1925 and they were still a large country. Germany's military had suffered gravely from the treaty. Both banks of Rhine were to be occupied by the Allies and the German forces were to be demilitarised on these areas. ...read more.

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The fact that their Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was hard on the Russians when Russia left the war, so they should not say anything about the demands of Treaty of Versailles about their territory, population, industry and colonies because they had and would strip any other nation of these things if they won. The fact that they had to pay is reasonably fair because of what the German finance minister said about Germany making the Allies pay for the damages of the war if they won, only that the price could be made a little less and more realistic. And then the substantial fact that they arguably have the guilt of starting the First World War and also the ones loosing it. They cannot presume that they could by pass it without having to pay the price for all the damages, the change, the hostile environment created by them, the stress, the many years and those who died in the war. I even agree to the fact of them being forced to have a small army to the extend that their army could be a threat, but otherwise, I believe that their army was cut down a little way beyond the line. ...read more.

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