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Treaty of Versailles.

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History assignment- Treaty of Versailles A) What limits did the Treaty of Versailles place on Germany's armed forces? The Treaty of Versailles placed many limits to Germany's armed forces. They did this because they were concerned by the power of the German army so they limited German armed forces to a lower level so they would not gain as much power like before. The treaty was told that Germany could only have a maximum of hundred thousand men this was so if they did get any larger then that, they would fight back and become powerful. In added to this, conscription was banned, therefore soldiers had to volunteer and this would definitely bring the number of soldiers in the army much lower than the limitation. However not only was the army reduced but the navy was limited to build only six battleships. This obviously would pull them down in having no chance in conquering a battle in the sea. ...read more.

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Another prime example was point number 14, "League of Nation to be set up". This was an international body in which members in it all unite and try preventing war breaking out. In 1870 Germany took France's land, Alsace-Lorraine, and in one of Woodrow Wilson's points it was suggested that it was to be returned back to France. This would please the French because they would have regained their territory back. Self-determination was the tenth point in which he inscribed and this was the idea of nations ruling themselves than by others and he felt strongly about achieving this and disagreed with the treaty taking away territories and decreasing their economy. The idea of having self-determination would have been one failure because people living in the Eastern Europe were scattered across many countries so they would be getting ruled by people with different languages or behaviour. Woodrow Wilson's only wanted to achieve bringing peace to the world doing it in a way so everything would be reasonable and fair. ...read more.

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Nevertheless he wanted to weaker Germany further like by having no air force, no navy and a very small army or none at all to make them pay and satisfy France. Clemenceau approved to the League of Nations being set up because then Germany won't attack again and altogether not bringing out another war. He contradicted when told that Germany could join later on in the League of Nations, if Germany proved them as a peaceful nation. To a degree he also thought that if Germany became a part of it would be injustice. France didn't have any sympathy towards Germany and letting them pay �6600 million, contented France entirely. This was the amount that the damage caused by "only Germany" during the war and felt that Germany should owe it to them so France can get back its peaceful country. So in conclusion I think that Clemenceau was generally not satisfied with the treaty to an extent because they didn't punish Germany enough by reducing or eradicating the army force. Nevertheless he approved of the League of Nations being set up and the �6600 million reparations they had to pay. ...read more.

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