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Was the Treaty of Versailles a Mistake? This peace treaty compelled Germany to accept the entire war guilt clause. However, as Wilson believed, this only made Germany bitter. Hence, many historians argue that the treaty of Versailles was the

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Was the Treaty of Versailles a Mistake? ? To understand the different interpretations ? To complete the assessment In 1918 World War had concluded, leaving a trail of staggering damage. Homes and factories had totally collapsed leaving countries in immense damage. France wanted revenge for this damage, Britain wanted a fair settlement and the USA wanted to pacify. Thus, on 28 June 1919, an agreement between countries was drawn in Paris up in Versailles. This 'peace' treaty compelled Germany to accept the entire 'war guilt' clause. However, as Wilson believed, this only made Germany bitter. Hence, many historians argue that the treaty of Versailles was the cause of a sudden rise in Fascist Dictatorship and Hitler. Source 1- a British cartoon drawn subsequent to the treaty of Versailles argues against the treaty. ...read more.

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In comparison to source 1 and 2, source 3 agrees with the treaty. This is evident in 'We must remember the feelings of the French and the lesser extent of the British'. This shows that it is unfair to say the treaty was a mistake because you have to think of how French were feeling after many of their men died and land was destroyed. Source 4 also agrees with the treaty. It argues that it was the best possible solution at the time and that if France had its way it could have been much worse for Germany- 'It could have been much worse if Clemenceau had his way. Germany would have lost the Rhineland, the Saarland and the Danzig.' It also says that Germany had no right for arguing against the treaty, instead Germany should have been more grateful. ...read more.

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Source 3 and source 4 explains that it would be bias to say that the treaty of Versailles was a mistake because you would have to take in account of the people's feelings at the time. Historians sometimes look at the substitute event and have their own individual different opinions. They try to evaluate the significance of events and debate with other historians, as they do not always have the same opinion. In conclusion, it is easy to just make hindsight and say the treaty of Versailles was a mistake, however, you must understand the emotions of the people at the time. However, on the other hand the treaty itself had achieved nothing but World War II and the Germans to want revenge, thus the treaty itself was a mistake, but a logical answer at the time. ...read more.

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