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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 by Germany after the First World War. The terms of this Treaty was that land had to be taken away from Germany, their army reduced to 100,00 men, no tanks or submarines allowed in the army, only allowed 6 naval ships, an air force was forbidden, they had to admit full responsibility for starting the war, pay lots of many for compensation, forbidden to unite with Austria and Germany was banned from being in the League of Nations. In this essay the terms of the Treaty of Versailles will be analyzed and I will decide whether I think it was fair or not. Some may argue that the terms of the Treaty of Versailles was completely fair as it was what Germany deserved. ...read more.

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Germany was even forbidden to unit with Austria to form a super state, in an attempt to keep their economic potential to a minimum. This was thought to be completely fair because Germany had destroyed so much so they should pay for it and if they were bankrupt lots of problems would be caused for them. Finally, Germany was banned from being in the League of Nations. This is another term of the Treaty of Versailles that humiliated Germany and made them loose their dignity. On the other hand, although they thought that Germany deserved to be punished, they thought the terms of the Treaty of Versailles was unfair. This was because the three most important politicians present at the signing were David Lloyd George, Georges Clemenceau and Woodrow Wilson (the ?Big Three?). ...read more.

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In addition to this, during the France Prussian War France had suffered a humiliating defeat to Germany. Germany had taken the territories of Alsace and Lorraine, which had been in French possession for around 200 years. France swore revenge and when the chance came for the land to be taken back, they jumped at it. All they cared about was dignity, not if it was unfair on Germany. Unfortunately, many countries thought like this. Finally, most countries were clear that they wanted Germany to become bankrupt because they wanted Germany to pay for what they had caused. They may have also wanted to feel superior to them. In conclusion, I think that the Treaty of Versailles was unfair because I think the terms set were very harsh, agreed and decided by people who had strong emotions cloud their thoughts. In addition to this, I think people just wanted Germany to be humiliated and loose their dignity rather than Germany just receiving what they deserved. ...read more.

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