How Far Was The Treaty Of Versailles Fair?

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How Far Was The Treaty Of Versailles Fair?

Haroon Anwar 10Q

        The treaty of Versailles was fair for some of the countries as it provided some of the nations involved with benefits; for example France, but gave the enemies harsh decrees to deal with – of course this concerned Germany. What the League of Nations thought had been fair laws for Germany to deal with had meant extremely difficult consequences and impacts for the country to cope with; for the leaders of the country as well as the general public. Of course views from the public of different nations would have differed as to how fair they thought the treaty was, and the aim of this study is to provide a distinguished analysis between the different nations’ views and to also come to an ultimate decision as to how fair the treaty was overall. I will be focusing on the nations that were ruled by the “Big Three”, France, UK, and the US.

        Firstly I am going to look at the French view of the treaty, and see how fair the treaty was for the people of France and how far the government was satisfied, and also how France’s compensation costs effected Germany. I will determine whether I think the compensation to France was fair as well.

        Germany was told to give £6.6 billion worth of reparations to France, which had been reduced from an initial amount of £24 billion. But because there was a financial crisis in Germany at the time (due to the demand of the decrees in the Treaty of Versailles and turmoil within the country – also partly related to the knock-on effects of the Treaty) the German currency of “Marks” became almost worthless (in fact, in October 1923, when Stressmann was the new chancellor, the old money was scrapped and a temporary currency was introduced – the Rentenmark – before a permanent currency was brought forward, the Reichsmark).

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        France lost a quarter of its male population to the war, and undoubtedly the people were infuriated with this – wives had lost husbands, daughters had lost fathers, etc. In compensation, Alsace-Lorraine was returned to France (it had been lost in the Franco – Prussian war of 1870-1871). This pleased Woodrow Wilson as well as France, because he had mentioned this in his 14 points. (Woodrow Wilson compiled a list of 14 points before the Treaty of Versailles had even been considered which he wished the League of Nations to carry out, in hope of restoring peace in the world ...

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