What Were The Terms Of The Treaty Of Versailles? Analyze The Reason For These Terms, And The Possible Damaging Consequences For Germany

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After four years, three months and fourteen days of the prolonged First World War, the Germans surrender and signed an armistice on November 11th, 1918, as a result of the civilians who were ecstatic to see an end to their starvation. However, the Germans knew they would have to pay a price for piece as a defeated nation. To ensure an extensive peace, a treaty was formed by the winners of the war, but France, the United States and Great Britain were the "Big Three" envoys in the creation of this peace treaty. The Germans were not invited to these negotiations, and it soon became evident that the Germans were not going to receive a lenient treaty as they had hoped for. The representatives of the 28 nations gathered in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles on June 28th, 1919, when they handed the treaty to German representatives of the Weimar government who reluctantly signed the treaty, which was later named "The Shameful Dictat of Versailles" because of its harsh conditions and humiliating terms. In this essay I will be analyzing the reasons for the main terms of the Treaty of Versailles and the subsequent damaging consequences.As different nations, the "Big Three" wanted different conditions for the treaty, as there were different points of view. The French representative, Clemenceau, believed in revenge and promised to make Germany pay for all the repairs of France and admit that they alone had provoked the war. He wanted to humiliate Germany for all the suffering and embarrassment they had caused to France in the wars, and weaken Germany so dreadfully that it would never be capable or dare to attack France again. The British Prime Minister, David Lloyd, also believed that Germany should pay. However, he feared the possible consequences of punishing Germany too harshly. He also believed that investing on Germany so that it could become a possible future trading nation with Britain would be a very viable act, but still, he was concerned with the protection of the British Empire, probably suggesting a limited navy and air force for Germany. President Woodrow Wilson had a very opposite view to Clemenceau's. He believed that the treaty should be based on his Fourteen Points for peace. He suggested that there should be a general reduction of weapons by all nations, as the competitions of power of militaries, or the "arms race", was what led the great nations to war. He also wanted to end any future secret alliances being formed, because fear of this was one of the causes of the war in 1914. The U.S. wanted to redraw the borders around states, to ensure that every national group had its own country. He believed that every nation must have the right to self-determination, or freedom to elect their own government. No nation shall be held under an empire against their will. President Wilson also stated that a new organization with the purpose of helping end quarries between countries peacefully, without the use of military power, should be...

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