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How fair was the treaty of Versailles?

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How fair was the treaty of Versailles? The b****y war ended in 1918 when peace was called by Germany. It was not until 1919 when peace talks had begun in Paris. The treaty was harsh on the Germans but the allies felt secure about this, that Germany was no longer a threat in Europe. At this point it would be difficult to say that what the allies said in the treaty would be different after a few years after the war. Would the treaty still be the same if they wrote it after a few years after the war? The war had a major impact on he allies and losses were very high. At this time the allies would be looking for revenge on Germany for the high casualties and destruction that German shells pounded on French soil. The treaty could have been different if it was written at a latter date and could not have been too Harsh on Germany. Woodrow Wilson the American President aimed to secure a peace based on the Fourteen Points. A peace that would be based on justice, which would be maintained by a new international organization called the League of Nations. Wilson did agree that Germany needed to be punished for starting the war, but he wanted the punishment to be fair. David Lloyd-George the British Prime Minister was in a difficult position. Britain had suffered huge casualties in the war and the general public was demanding revenge. ...read more.


. This was to cause great bitterness amongst the Germans as many Germans were in these territories. This also cut East Prussia off from the rest of Germany making it even weaker than it had hopped. Also the Baltic States were given back to their rightful owners which were annexed by Germany when Russia pulled out of the war suffering economically and male population decrease. The city called Danzig which was a famous and a rich port for Germany was also lost as Posen was given to Poland. France had wanted this city to be given to Poland but Lloyd George disagreed with this and was turned into a free city. Germany has already lost masses of land and also major industries cut off from Germany. This makes Germany vulnerable as it is so weak and can not afford to pay such huge reparations. It is fair for the allies and especially Britain because Britain has control over sea incase of an attack and still has the Largest Navy in the world. Britain had to be reassured that Germany is no longer a threat at sea. Germany was made even weaker as the allies decided that Germany can no longer make an alliance with any country in fear it may grow strong again. There was to be no treaty or an alliance between Germany and Austria. The treaty forbids this to happen in case Germany rises into a new powerful nation. ...read more.


This was an act of defiance and disgust at the Treaty. At this stage Germany is weak on all fronts and can not secure its borders from attack. To make things worse the German air force was abandoned because of the devastation it can cause. The main reason was that none of the allies would want German planes to have access around the world. The allies thought this to be a threat and did not want German planes bombing cities. This is fair for the allies because they knew now that Germany can not attack Britain and USA by the navy or air force. It is unfair that the air force was abandoned because the air force would allow mobility with small troops. Germany cans no longer transfer troops quickly from one border from another. Germany also feels vulnerable from air attack from Britain and France. Germany could argue that they were allowed to have an air force but to restrict its mobility and only allowed above German territory. The allies at this stage have no choice as technology was weak and they did not have a powerful radar that could detect if a plane coming toward Britain was from Germany or was it their own. The allies had no choice but to abandon it in total. A control commission was set up to police these arrangements. The treaty had state that Germany was been disarmed for security reasons for the allies. I think that it was right for Germany to be slightly disarmed but not to such a extent that it will weaken Germany and make it feel insecure. ...read more.

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