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Was the treaty of Versailles fair?

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´╗┐Was the treaty of Versailles fair? The Treaty of Versailles was the peace settlement signed after World War One had ended in 1918 and in the shadow of the Russian and other events in Russia. The treaty was signed at the vast Versailles Palace near Paris - hence its title - between Germany and the Allies. World War one ended at 11am on 11th November 1918. In 1919, Lloyd George of England, Orlando of Italy, Clemenceau of France and Woodrow Wilson from the US met to discuss how Germany was to be made to pay for the damage world war one had caused. There were a total of 440 clauses in the final treaty. The first 26 clauses dealt with the establishment of the League of Nations. ...read more.

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It was bitterly resented, however, by virtually all Germans who did not believe they were responsible for the outbreak of the war. This article was a constant thorn in the side of the Weimar leaders who tried to meet the terms of the agreement while trying to have these terms modified. How Was Germany Punished At Versailles? Germany was punished severely by the Treaty of Versailles, and in many cases, some of the terms seemed greatly unfair towards Germany. The treaty was put together by Woodrow Wilson who wasn?t very keen on punishing Germany too harshly, as he believed that Germany would be intent on seeking revenge in the future, Georges Clemenceau who wanted to punish Germany for Frances losses, and David Lloyd George Who himself wanted a fair settlement, but also wanted to please the British Public, who were demanding that Germany would be punished for Britain?s losses. ...read more.

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Only voluntary soldiers could join, conscription was banned. The navy was only allowed 6 battleships, and Germany wasn?t allowed to build any submarines, planes, and tanks. They were also banned from keeping any troops in the Rhineland, and it was agreed that Allied troops would be stationed there for 15 years. German soldiers and sailors weren?t very happy about this; they had wanted to rebuild their forces. In conclusion, the treaty of Versailles was an unfair treaty to Germany who could not pay the harsh consequences. Perhaps if the big three had been more sympathetic and realistic to Germany, there may have been different outcomes. The Treaty of Versailles was supposed to ensure a lasting peace by punishing Germany and setting up a League of Nations to solve diplomatic problems. Instead it left a legacy of political and geographical difficulties which have often been blamed, sometime solely, for starting the Second World War. ...read more.

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