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Was the Treaty of Versaillesa fair settlement?

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Essay Writing �Was the Treaty of Versailles a fair settlement? ~ Under the Treaty of Versailles signed on 28th June 1919, the victorious allies represented by the American president Woodrow Wilson, British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, and French premier George Clemenceau who where known as the Big Three imposed the conditions of peace upon Germany and decided the future of the world. As after the settlement Germany was left almost devastated economically and spiritually we can state that it was unfair to Germany to be treated in such an undeserving way. ~ On the other hand, some other people believe that the Treaty of Versailles was a fair settlement. ...read more.


In addition, Wilson 's good intentions can be seen in the creation of the League of Nations, principle of self-determination and the principle of international cooperation. Moreover, small states (e.g. Belgium and Denmark) and powerful ones were treated equally. ~ I consider that the treaty was mostly unfair for the following reasons. Fist of all, it was a diktat, meaning it was a treaty imposed on Germany in which they were not allowed to negotiate. Also, The principle of national self-determination was not always respected. For example, not with the Polish Corridor but besides it was respected in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. ...read more.


Moreover, the war guilt clause was seen unfair because blame was not shared and in fact, we all know that they weren't the only ones that started the war. Germany was blamed because the guilty was generally the one that pay reparations. Besides, Germany and the other losers had to disarm, not the allies and consequently, the German pride was deeply hurt. Finally, Germany and the other losers were not allowed to join the League of Nations and as a result, they felt insulted by not being invited to form it. ~ As a conclusion, the true spirit of Wilson's Fourteen Points was sacrificed and replaced with a series of draconian measures designed to cripple Germany. In fact, The Treaty of Versailles accomplished nothing more than to cause so far another world war. ...read more.

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