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When the Treaty of Versailles was signed on the 28th June 1919 many people were not happy with it. Some people felt that it was too harsh and others felt that it was not harsh enough. There is evidence to support both sides of this argument but I feel that maybe we should have felt more sorry for Germany as they had to go through a lot during the peace treaty process. But let's not forget that they could have been worse of if France and Georges Clemenceau would have got their ways. ...read more.


The term 'war guilt' was hated a lot by the German public. Germans had felt that at the very least the blame should be shared. What had made matters even worse, however, was that because Germany was forced to accept blame for the war, it was also expected to pay for all the damage caused by it during the war. The German economy was already in a bad shape. People had very little food. They feared reparations payments would cripple them and also might produce a famine. Allies demanding 6 billion pounds from Germany straight away seems a little farfetched because even in today's money this is an astonishingly large amount. ...read more.


Germany had indeed lost a lot of territory. This was a major brake down to German pride and its economy. Both the Saar and Upper Silesia were important industrial areas that were lost. Meanwhile, as Germany was losing land, the British and French were increasing their empire by taking control of German and Turkish territories and settlements in Africa and the Middle East. On balance I think that the treaty on Germany was by no means fair in the series of terms pressed on them, but we should always remember that it could have been worse. If Clemenceau would have gotten his way Germany might have ceased to exist. Andreas Urban H1ERD ...read more.

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