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Those who can win a war can rarely make a good peace

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Those who can win a war can rarely make a good peace No one better than Churchill could have quoted a truth. The best example for this quotation will surely be The Treaty of Versailles. A treaty which promised a peaceful ending for the First World War, however it failed and became the prelude to another war. After the end of the war the task for making a peace agreement was in the hands of allies. In December 1918, the allies met in Paris to start the peace settlement, the representatives were: United States-Woodrow Wilson, Great Britain - Lloyd George, France- George Clemenceau. The Three Leaders found the task much more difficult as they thought it will be. The conditions of the Treaty set Germany for another war, as the tasks were too harsh and they found themselves humiliated. The main task was to blame Germany for starting the war, pay reparations generally to "squeeze the German lemon until the pips squeak". ...read more.

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As a direct result, Britain suffered from high unemployment, which of course, affected the well being of the country. The Treaty of Versailles would provide an opportunity to seek revenge for their losses. They were also seeking annexation of German colonies in Africa. Also, Lloyd George was really concerned about the rise of the communism and he feared that it might spread to western Europe. The Treaty of Versailles was more a dictate which insulted Germany. The biggest problem Germany had with Versailles was the war guilt, which was stated in article 231 of the Versailles Treaty. The Allies were astonished to find this particular paragraph was the most violently disputed point in the entire treaty. Germany was forced to give up all overseas possessions, which the Allies administered as mandates. In addition, France resurrected Poland to dismantle Germany's eastern borders. This separated East Prussian from the rest of Germany by the Polish Corridor, which contained a large German population. ...read more.

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The Treaty seemed to satisfy the Big Three, however it left a mood of anger throughout Germany as it was felt that Germany nation had been unfairly treated. Many German citizens felt that they had been punished for the German's government mistakes as they had declared the war and not the people. As the historian R.Henig said "The treaty of Versailles was not excessively harsh on Germany, either territorially or economically. However, the German people were expecting victory not defeat. It was the acknowledgement of defeat so much as much as the treaty terms themselves, which they found so hard to accept." The truth is if Germany could have won, it would have established the hegemony in Europe, but as Keynes said " it is impossible to lay the responsibility for the war on any single nation". In reality The "Big Three" just tried to protect the trade and satisfy their own interests. Those who win a war can rarely make a good peace, by destroying Germany they tried to protect Europe from other wars and be sure that no other war will start, however it just became a cause for another war. ...read more.

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