In 1942, published The Origins of the War of 1914 and concluded that Germany was primarily responsible for the outbreak of the war. Oxford History of Modern Europe. In all honesty,the goal of the treaty, to prevent another war, would have beensuccessful had the treaty been enforced, but the French were theonly party to the treaty with an interest in zealous enforcement,by force if necessary, of the provisions. Stab-in-the-Back Legend Finally, the efforts of the Western European powers to marginalize Germany through the Versailles Treaty undermined and isolated German democratic leaders. Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe, 1904—1914.
I do accept your challenge and terms. The American journalist William L. They are the ones who used the Schleiffen Plan. Germany had been greatly weakened so in the occasion of war Germany would not be able to defend herself. In addition, they had to accept the war guilt and pay a large sum of 6. With the U-boats, Germany had set many people including American civilians to their watery deaths.
Revision of the Versailles Treaty was one of the platforms that gave radical right-wing parties in Germany such credibility to mainstream voters in the 1920s and early 1930s. One main thing why the Treaty was unfair because the Germans had no say in the conference in Paris. Germany were struggling through this period of time. Some politicians who German right wingers saw responsible for accepting the terms of the treaty were subsequently assassinated. Wikipedia has an article dealing with … the history of the Palace and the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I. Portions of Upper Silesia were to be ceded to Poland, with the future of the rest of the province to be decided by plebiscite.
Both sides were determined to bring down the Weimar epublic! So id let Germany get its economy together then I would start to let them pay us back. In one way i think it was fair because Germany pretty much did start the war by building up their military and they also lost the war so its natural to make the loser pay for everything. Germany had lost more than 2 million men in the war, not to mention the financial difficulty and starvation the country was facing as a result of the British blockade. One of the main things that Germany was angry about in the peace settlement was the fact that they had to sign the War Guilt Clause saying that they agreed that they were totally to blame for the start of the war, which justified the losing countries putting great amounts of reparations on Germany and it's allies. Even before the reparations that Germany was required to pay, itwas also obligated to at once pay 5 billion marks to the Allies. In addition, Germany was not allowed to place any troops in the Rhineland, the strip of land, 50 miles wide, next to France. The Origins of the Second World War in Europe 2nd 1997 ed.
They also needed to supply. Quite literally, reparations would be used to pay for the damage to be repaired. The treaty itself was actually signed on the 28th June 1919 at the former palace of Versailles, just outside Paris, by Germany and the Allies. The treaty was more severe than Germany had expected. Did you read my arguments? Not only did they loose land but their economy was crushed and they were left with little to no land left. The Treaty could have been even harsher if Clemenseau got his way. Right-wing extremists were opposed to any democratic system, preferring instead an authoritarian state similar to the Empire founded in 1871.
We stripped her of all her colonies. Germany had just lost a war and had to pay for her own reparations as well as a huge sum as part of the treaty. It was Russia's secret, but aggressive, military plans and mobilization while negotiating that made Germany nervous, forcing them to mobilize and to declare war Fenton 183. No one could forshadow the amount of destruction it would eventually cause, not just in war casualties, but economic, political and physical destruction as well. As a whole Germany had been left in ruins after the war.
The treaty can be divided into a number of sections; territorial, military, financial and general. I think the treaty of versailles was unfair because, the Germans had lost so much of their military power they could not defend themselves against even tiny nations. By this time Germany had only regained the financial capabilities of 1914. This caused great feelings of patriotism in people and this made them angry that they were no longer regarded as Germans. .
However, the harshness of this Treaty will make the Germans seek for revenge. The Versailles Palace was considered the most appropriate venue simply because of its size - many hundreds of people were involved in the process and the final signing ceremony in the Hall of Mirrors could accommodate hundreds of dignitaries. The treaty had no weapons to defend other countries, and get rid of the guy trying to start the war. The reparations were intended for reconstruction and as compensation for families who had been bereaved by the war. Wilson believed that this new law violated a treaty with Great Britain.