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What were Germany's objections to the Treaty of Versailles and How far were these Views Justified?

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What were Germany's objections to the Treaty of Versailles and How far were these Views Justified? Subsequent to the German government conceding defeat in World War I, Britain, America and France wrote up a treaty that Germany had no option but to sign. This treaty was the Treaty of Versailles and was widely considered to be one of the harshest treaties ever written. The German public obviously had many objections to the terms of the treaty and this essay will discover what these objections are and how far they are justified. Article 231 of the treaty was the 'War guilt clause'. Although this clause did not technically affect Germany economically or social it was the clause that the Germans resented the most as it stated that Germany was fully reasonable for the War. This was because Germany was a very proud nation and a global super power for numerous years. The public also strongly believed that Germany had not been the sole cause of World War I and felt they had acted in self-defence. ...read more.

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The Germans also felt the war was not all there own doing so why should they pay for damage caused by other nations. Germans criticisms of the clause are somewhat justified in places. The sum the allies requested German to pay was too high especially considering the economic state of Germany at the time. The allies were effectively trying to ruin the whole German economy by making them pay back these huge debts. Therefore in this clause the Germans had a right to be heavily critical. The third term of the Treaty of Versailles was the military restrictions placed on the German army. This clause forced Germany to disband its air force, limited its army to 100,000 soldiers, limited their navy to 15,000 soldiers with just six battleships and the Germany army was not permitted into the Rhineland for fifteen years. For a strong military nation like Germany this was reduced their army to a humiliating low level. Germany obviously had strong objections to this term. ...read more.

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The Germans argued that this term has destroyed all the work that Germany had done in the last century to get so powerful and it also depleted the Germans economy as, less people means less income for the government. The clause was another that was harsh on Germany, but you could see the allies reasoning behind it. The Germans view that the clause destroyed Germany's global power and economy is justified, however the term was vital to prevent Germany from a global power and danger to everyone. In conclusion, Germany had many complaints about the Treaty of Versailles. Most of the complaints made are justified such as the 'reparations' being ridiculously too much and 'war guilt clause' was also very unrealistic blaming Germany for the whole of the war. However, some of Germans objections were not justified, such as military restrictions, as the Allies have just been involved in a war and had to reduce the threat imposed by Germany. All in all the Treaty of Versailles was generally too harsh on Germany, but some of the terms were justified. By Luke Freeman ...read more.

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