• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Was the Treaty of Versailles a fair settlement?

Extracts from this document...


Was the Treaty of Versailles a fair settlement? zl The Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June 1919 and was also one of the peace treaties at the end of World War I. It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. Although the armistice signed on 11 November 1918, ended the actual fighting, it took six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty. I strongly believe the Treaty of Versailles was unjust and not at all a fair settlement. This is mainly because of the ?War Guilt Cause? in the treaty. The Germans were given all the fault of the war although it was actually the Serbs who started the war by assassinating the archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife. ...read more.


The reparations crippled Germany?s economy and their national income was one third of what it had been after the war. Such a gigantic amount left her with no means whatsoever of staging a post-war economic recovery, and was notably many times the value of the damaged she had caused. Hence Germany believed that the reparations were intentionally meant to cripple her and keep her weak. Germany found that printing paper money as an easier solution to meet the outrageous reparation demands. This eventually leads to hyperinflation of German currency and to the near collapse of the German post-war economy. In just a few years, a German Deutschmark was worth a billionth of what it was. ...read more.


The Treaty of Versailles punished Germany as if she was the sole antagonist of the war. The treaty demanded very harsh reparations from Germany: billions of marks; half her industry; half her territories; and her political subjugation. Germany was unable to pay off her reparations for over a hundred years. These were absurd and unfair demands from the Treaty of Versailles. Besides Germany has lost more than 2 million men in the war, and was coincidentally suffering from poverty and hyperinflation, as her economy had been severely crippled, if not destroyed, by the war. Forced to give up all her colonies, disarmament and extreme reparations had only increased the impact on Germany and her citizens. To a certain extent all these were not very fair to Germany. Therefore, it should be correct to conclude that the Treaty of Versailles was not fair in any way to Germany. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE International relations 1900-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE International relations 1900-1939 essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Why did the treaty of versailles provoke widespread hostility among Germans?

    4 star(s)

    This therefore caused anger amongst Germans. Germany also lost all her colonies, which were distributed to the victors under the overall authority of the League of Nations. The Germans themselves were refused entry to the new peace organization, the League of Nations and this was another reason why the treaty provoked hostility amongst many Germans.

  2. "Was the treaty of Versailles fair?"

    Overall in the treaty Germany lost 13% of its land, 6 million people ( in war and by land been taken away), 16 % of its coal industry, 15 % of its agricultural industry 48% of its iron production Overall I do not think that the treaty of Versailles was

  1. Versailles and Hyperinflation, Germany 1919-28.

    Many people lost their life savings because the value of the mark had decreased so dramatically. Overnight, savings could be reduced to almost nothing! Many people were starving because they were not being paid enough to keep up with taxes and the cost of food.

  2. To what extent was the Treaty of Versailles justifiable?

    as Austria would have to be integrated into Germany and become part of Germany and hence gaining more land for Germany. �A vigorous nation will always find ways of adopting its territory to its population size.� Hitler was at an advantage as he had the treaty of Versailles acting as a scapegoat.

  1. Treaty of Versailles, was it fair?

    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.

  2. How fair was the treaty of Versailles?

    be re-drawn so that each nationality should live within its own borders which meant, independent of foreign powers and with its own form of its government. However they had to think that the country had sensible, borders for purposes of defense, trade, and economic stability.

  1. how fair was the treaty of versailles

    Posen and W. Prussia was awarded to the new state of Poland. This however is an unfair clause as Poland is a new state and does not deserve to gain land. Removing land from Germany shows how they have been forced into a little country with no power.

  2. To what extent can the Treaty of Versailles be described as fair.

    The reparations are one of the reasons that the treaty of Versailles caused the Second World War. The German economy crippled, inflation went through the roof and unemployment went to an all-time high. The German people turned to extreme political parties such as the Nazis and when Hitler got in charge we all know what happened.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work