Was the Treaty of Versailles Fair Towards the Germans?

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Was the Treaty of Versailles fair towards the Germans?


I will use the history text book, and online encyclopedia, like Britannica, to help find facts and information that's not bias. Still I might have to explore more websites, even its bias, because it can help me look at all the different views of this event and situation.

The Events

The Treaty of Versailles was not fair towards the Germans. The soul purpose of the whole treaty was thought to make "peace", but instead it's just a list of ways to punish Germany. The three main reasons that the treaty was unfair was because they have very harsh rules, the Germans can't refuse the Treaty, and it blames Germany for the cause of the war!

The punishment toward Germany was extremely harsh. After reading the actual Treaty of Versailles, in every single section of it, it will at least have one or two clauses talking about Germany.

In the Treaty of Versailles they punish the German army and the German Fleet as separate issues. The punishment that was set for the German army that most sources talk about is that fact that the treaty had reduced the German army to 100,000 man in total. This is taken directly from the Treaty, it states all the restrictions that's placed on the army:


(1) By a date which must not be later than March 31, 1920, the German Army must not comprise more than seven divisions of infantry and three divisions of cavalry.

After that date the total number of effectives in the Army of the States constituting Germany must not exceed one hundred thousand men, including officers and establishments of depots. The Army shall be devoted exclusively to the maintenance of order within the territory and to the...