Was The Treaty Of Versailles A Fair Treaty? Explain

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It is difficult to decide whether the treaty of Versailles was a fair or an unfair treaty - it depends on the point of view, but I personally think that the treaty was quite harsh and unfair... The main reason why I think that this treaty was quite unfair is that Germany didn't have a say in its own future, and I think that, despite all, Germany should have had the opportunity to go to Versailles and to discuss together with all the other nations and with the major powers - the USA, France and Britain, what should become of its (Germany's) future.From the French perspective, the Germans deserved to give up everything in order to make amends for the destruction they caused in France, therefore, the final treaty wasn't punishing them enough. However, to the American and British leaders, it seemed impossible to place the entire blame on only one country, but in the end, it was mainly George Clemenceau who ...view middle of the document...

So this meant that Germany not only did not have any overseas colonies, but they were also then controlled by its enemies. Parts of Germany's borders were given away to France, to Poland, to Denmark or to Lithuania, and Germany was forbidden to establish a union with Austria. It was also decided that Germany's armed forces were to be extensively reduced and restricted... The army was limited to 100,000 men. There were other few army restrictions, and Germany was particularly angry and astonished to what had been imposed by them...In my opinion, Germany's objections were justified; everything demanded was way too harsh, like for example:The reparations demanded were way too high, . Soon, people in Germany had to pay almost double for necessities such as food. In some places within the country people actually died of starvation, and often the only Germans living well would be the farmers, who provisioned their own food and sold or traded it. Before the war, Germany had one of the - if not the - most powerful army in the whole world, and less than a decade later, its army was restricted to 100,000 - not even Belgium, a country that small (in comparison to Germany) had an army that small. The army was a symbol of German pride, so this surely affected the Germans.Concluding, I think that the treaty was quite severe and unfair to the Germans, because it was a world war, and not something only Germany started - all countries (without any exception) contributed - some more, some less - for the break out of war, and Germany was made to accept all the blame.Severe as the Treaty of Versailles seemed to many Germans, it should be remembered that Germany might easily have feared much worse. If Britain and America didn't restrain France, and if it had depended entirely on Clemenceau, the treaty would have been much harsher for Germany.Summing up, I definitely think that the treaty wasn't at all fair, and that Germany should have paid some reparations and lost some territory - but maybe one or the other... or both to lesser degrees.

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