Consequences Of The Treaty Of Versailles

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The peace treaties of the first world war are deemed by some people to be too harsh on Germany and its allies as well as being nearsighted due to all the difficulties it is said to have conceived. The Treaty of Versailles which was composed in 1919, was an attempt to come to an understanding between the winning powers on what the punishment and consequences for the defeated powers would be. Due to the fact that Germany lost the conflict yet was economically and socially whole, she was required to sign the treaty and admit to the punishment that came with it. This essay will explore and analyze to what degree the Treaty of Versailles can be deemed to be harsh and short-sighted. This section will illustrate a few reasons why the Treaty of Versailles can be considered by some to be justified. The French suffered the most war damage, with numerous clashes occurring within their realm, thousands of square miles of trenches excavated and 1.5 million victims. Hence, George Clemenceau opted toward a considerably greater quantity of reparations than the other dominant powers. Nevertheless, this was negotiated to 6.6 million, which was considerably lower than Clemenceau’s initial offer. Moreover, as pronounced by historian William Carr in ‘A History of Germany’, ‘if Clemenceau had his way, the Rhineland would have been converted an autonomous Nation, the Saarland would belong France and Danzig would have become an indispensable component of Poland’. Given that Britain and America
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