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Was the treaty of Versailles too harsh on Germany?

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Was the treaty of Versailles to harsh on Germany? Yes, I think that the treaty of Versailles was too harsh on the Germans and would make the Germans have a desire for revenge. I think that the treaty could have been a bit softer, but on the other hand at that time the treaty couldn't have been agreed in any other way. When the treaty of Versailles was agreed it had blamed Germany as the country who lost and started the war and there for had to be punished severely. But for the Germans they did not think they were the ones who started the war and nor did they think they had lost the war. ...read more.

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Germany lost 10? of its land and all it overseas colonies. This meant that 12.5? of Germanys population were now of another country. Germans who hated France now were living in France this made German people really upset. The treaty of Versailles also determined that as Germany was the one who started the war it had to pay for reparations. It was agreed that Germany had to pay 6600 million pounds until 1984. This was an enormous figure for that time. Germanys paying conditions got even worse because 16? of its coalfields and half of its iron and steel industries were to be lost. ...read more.

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I think the treaty of Versailles could have been softer for Germany. I think the quantity Germany had to pay for reparations could have been reduced and their industries could maybe not have been taken away from them so that they could have more money to help them pay for the reparations. Germany' s army could have a larger number of soldiers, ships and could have some weapons, because you never know if another country plans to attack them. Less of Germany' s land could have been given, so less Germans had to live in countries did not want to be part of. If the treaty of Versailles had these points changed it wouldn't be so devastating as the real treaty of Versailles was. Victor Saad ...read more.

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