Failure of the Treaty of Versaille

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The First World War, one of the most devastating wars to ever take place in the history of mankind, had finally ended in 1918. However, after the defeat of Germany a dilemma arose over how the world should end this massive war so that it will prevent any other wars from ever taking place and under what terms and punishment Germany will now face. The "Big Four" (Lloyd George of Britain, Orlando of Italy, Clemenceau of France, and Woodrow Wilson of the U.S.), leaders of the four strongest nation during the era, met on June 28 1919 in Paris, where they came to an agreements on terms under one document known as The Treaty of Versailles. The Treaty of Versailles, ratified in 1919, was created with intentions to end a war that will end all wars (First World War). To be precise, The Treaty of Versailles was a document that was established with the future in mind, peace and stability. Though The Treaty of Versailles was meant to keep peace and stability, in reality it became the foundation for a war even more devastating than World War I, World War II. One can now conclude that The Treaty of Versailles was a failure, but what caused it to fail? To answer this, one must first see The Treaty of Versailles political, social, and economical aspect. In this aspect, one can deduce that the The Treaty of Versailles failed politically socially and economically due to its harshness towards Germany (such as strict enforcement of the treaty), its unreasonable demands, and its failure to represent Germany fairly as a part of the treaty.

Since the First World War was filled destruction never seen before, as a result, the "Big Four" created terms that they hoped would be sufficient enough to keep peace and stability by preventing Germany from ever being a Super Power again. However, this mind set was one of the greatest downfalls of The Treaty of Versailles. By trying to keep Germany oppressed so that they will never rise up and take control, unavoidably led to harsh terms that...
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