To what extent was the Treaty of Versailles fair to Germany?
This essay will be based on whether the Treaty of Versailles was fair upon Germany. The Treaty of Versailles was a peace settlement signed after World War 1 had ended in 1918. Most of it was decided by the ‘Big Three` Woodrow Wilson, David Lloyd George and Georges Clemenceau. In my opinion, I think that the Treaty of Versailles was not fair to Germany. Moreover the aims of were too harsh, due to the fact that George Clemenceau (president of France) had demanded that Germany should pay for the damage that was caused in the war. The price that Germany had to pay was gathered to $33 billion dollars. However the damage was not just caused by Germany therefore they should not pay for reparations otherwise it would be unreasonable to Germany. However, France had lost a quarter of its male population. Also over 48,000 km of French roads and 23,000 factories had been destroyed. In compensation, Alsace Lorrain was returned to France. Despite the fact that Alsace Lorrain was returned to France, Germany still had to pay for reparations. In 1919, Woodrow Wilson (president of USA) issued his fourteen points at the Versailles Conference in hopes of resolving the First World War and future wars, and also creating a lasting peace. The Fourteen Points included an end to secret treaties, freedom of the seas, free trade, a large scale reduction of arms, and self-determination. Wilson believed that all of these issues had helped cause the war. Wilson lastly called for a League of Nations to help keep peace in the future. Moreover, the Treaty of Versailles was not the kind of treaty that he wanted, although it had a result of a new formation of new countries that afforded some of the peoples of Europe the independence that they long wanted. In addition, David Lloyd George (president of Britain) was determined to punish Germany due to the fact that this is what he promised the British public. However, he wanted justice,...
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