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Was the Treaty of Versailles a fair settlement?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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