The Treaty of Versailles was Too Harsh on Germany
I think that the treaty of Versailles was harsh on Germany because
even though they were a part of the war, so were the allies, yet they
didn't take any blame for the war. The French wanted revenge and
Wilson wanted peace. These two, conbined, still made a harsh treaty.
Lloyd George tried to get a 'halfway point' between the two but ended
up going mostly to France because that was what the British people
wanted. The blank cheque that was given to Germany was like putting a
blindfold over their eye, but they had no way out. All Germany could
do was hope that the 'big three', Lloyd George, Clemenceau, Wilson,
would take pity on them, so they also lost their pride and dignity,
which the German people hated.
The German argument over the 6,600 reparations that was told them in
1921, was that they had no money to pay it. They had also a lot of
damage as the Allies, so they would go bankrupt, which they later did.
They had no air force, submarines or tanks, the navy limited and the
army only had 100,000 men, and this German argument was they had no
means to defend themselves from attacks, which may come. The German's
anger was not good and Lloyd George thought that in later years this
treaty would bring about another war. The French wanted the rhineland
to go to them but the treaty settled on being demilitarised, the
Germans opposed this idea as well, and I agree, the Germans could not
defend themselves if attacked and innocent civilians would die when it
could have been prevented. They lost lots of their Empire and all of
their colonies in other parts of Europe but mostly civilians lived
there and there were a vast number of British or French colonies there
to fight them, if they rebelled. From the Germans point of view there
was an act of disgrace. Germany was annoyed because they thought the
Treaty was going to be mostly Wilson's 14 points when it wasn't they
got very angry and the revenge built up, they were very angry with
France and Britain. If the Treaty was less harsher it wouldn't have
dragged on with the payments and the arguments and Germany might not
of had that much revenge stored away. All the countries could have
learnt to live with each other and concentrate on the problems in
their countries, like poverty.
However, from the reaction when Russia had a revolution and pulled out
of the war, this might have not been the case. Germany were very harsh
on Russia and they took away their land and made them pay. Maybe
Germany, if they had won would have done a worse treaty and therefore
should be punished. France did have a good point when they...