Was the Treaty of Versailles a fair settlement?

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Was the Treaty of Versailles a fair settlement? zl

The Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June 1919 and was also one of the peace treaties at the end of World War I. It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. Although the armistice signed on 11 November 1918, ended the actual fighting, it took six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty.

I strongly believe the Treaty of Versailles was unjust and not at all a fair settlement. This is mainly because of the “War Guilt Cause” in the treaty. The Germans were given all the fault of the war although it was actually the Serbs who started the war by assassinating the archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife. It was not Germany’s alliances who started the war, yet it took the majority of the blame at the end of the war. Germany should not be blamed solely for starting the war.

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Besides, the terms of the Treaty of Versailles were monstrously unfavorable to Germany, to the point of forcing the country into almost instantaneous bankruptcy. It was stated in the Treaty of Versailles that Germany should accept full responsibility for the war and the devastation and the destruction that it caused amongst all countries. Germany was forced to pay huge reparations of 6600 billion to the Allies and was threatened with war if they did not cooperate. Germany had no choice as to sign the armistice as they were in no form to wage another war. The reparations crippled Germany’s economy ...

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