The Treaty Of Versailles And Versailles

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After the creation of the Versailles Treaty in 1919, Ferdinand Foch said "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years." Few historians would disagree with Foch’s statement; many believe that there is a direct correlation between the harsh conditions of the Versailles Treaty and the outbreak of World War II. Still, there are professionals who think that said correlation is overly exaggerated.
The end of the war and the creation of the Versailles Treaty began with an armistice on November 11th, 1918. On this day, all fighting on the Western Front halted; the Allies and Central Powers were ready for peace. British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, French Premier George Clemenceau and US President Woodrow Wilson met for the Paris Peace Conference in early 1919 to draft a treaty. The three men represented the voices and interests of the Allied powers. Over the next few months the victors had decided that 1) Germany were to take full responsibility and guilt for the war (stated in Article 231 or “The War Guilt Clause”). 2) Germany was to pay full reparations for all the Allied nations. 3) To prevent future conflicts, Germany was to undergo the act of disarmament. 4) As punishment for starting the war Germany was to surrender segments of its territory. With these terms already drafted (and by large world powers), Germany had little to no opportunities for negotiation. Arguably, this gave the Central Power an unfair disadvantage. Coming out of the war with their
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