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Was the treaty of Versailles a good treaty?

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Was the treaty of Versailles a good treaty? The treaty of Versailles bad its good and bad elements to it. Depending on where you come from you will have different views on how the end product of the treaty was. Each of the leaders went with goals aimed at meeting their country views. However, in general all the leaders went from the treaty not achieving what they wanted. As the talks at Versailles went on it became clear that the very different objectives of the three leaders could not all be met. There are many answers to why no one could compromise on how Germany should or should not be treated, being from different areas of the world being a major factor. ...read more.

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Germany complained that if France took away Germany's industrial areas (which were originally Frances) it would crush the Deutsche mark and make a lot of problems in Germany's economy. The handing over of the industrial areas meant that sixteen per cent of Germany's coalfields and half its iron and steel industry would be lost. This lowered Germany's income a lot and made paying back six million six hundred thousand marks in reparations to the main three countries a very hard task. At the time Germany complained that she would have revenge for Frances attitude to the treaty and that if Germany had won she would only of made the loosing countries pay one fourth of the Allies sum in reparations. In 1922 Germany fell behind on its reparations and in 1923 French and Belgian soldiers entered the Ruhr. ...read more.

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It was too harsh to reconcile Germany with its former war enemies and to integrate it into a lasting peaceful postwar order, and it was too mild to weaken Germany so as to make it impossible for it to ever again become a great power. The picture that emerges today after more intensive research is more complex and differentiated than that, but Versailles nevertheless remains both a highly talked about and crucial station in German history. The actual peace terms harshly disappointed the Germans, who felt that they radically contradicted the promises Wilson had made to the prerevolutionary German governments. The Germans, for right or wrong, felt betrayed by Wilson and the United States. Versailles undoubtedly helped to compromise the new German democracy, but the reasons for its failure were more complex than the disagreement at Versailles. The compromise of the peace treaty left Germany some hope for revision and ultimate repudiation. ...read more.

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