Account for the different goals of the Big Three Allied leaders at the Paris Peace Conference
The Paris Peace Conference took place in 1919 to set the peace terms for the defeated Central powers. Three men took charge called ‘The Big Three’ and they were President Woodrow Wilson of the United States, Prime Minister David Lloyd George of Great Britain and George Clemenceau of France. The Conference was initially planned as a pre-meeting to set the terms of what they were going to ask from Germany, but the pre-meeting quickly became the meeting where the decisions were made because they each had different ideas about what the terms of the treaty should be.
“The Big Three” During the Paris peace conference (Fourth person isn’t important)
Clemenceau treaty was very harsh, He had one very simple belief and that was to bring Germany to its knees so that France would never be invaded ever again. So France wanted Germany broken up because Germany was right next to the border, Clemenceau wanted Germany to be pushed back the Rhineland (Although it was Rejected), Giving France a lot more land. France also wanted Revenge on the Germans of the damage and loses which were 300,000 houses destroyed and 8 million lives lost from the war. So Clemenceau Demanded a Treaty to weaken Germany as much as possible
Lloyd George didn’t want the treaty to be too harsh on Germany because Germany was trading with Britain before the war, so they just want them to be strong enough to keep on trading with each other. Didn’t also want Germany to seek revenge on them. But he still had to make the treaty tough enough on Germany to please the electors who wanted for Germany to pay, so he got them to lose their navy and their colonies because they were threat to the British Empire. Lloyd was also worried in case another war began. So Lloyd demanded a fair treaty that did not cripple Germany and Maintain British... [continues]
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