Was the treaty of Versailles a fair treaty? Explain.

Essay by joe96High School, 10th gradeA+, June 2006

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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 got his way around things...

He was the one who was in fact leading the treaty, and who lured Woodrow Wilson (USA) and David Lloyd George (Great Britain) into letting him make all the major decisions concerning the treaty, and therefore, Germany was actually punished way too harshly.

The terms of the treaty were quite clear and quite harsh...

Germany had to accept all the blame for starting the war and it had to pay reparations to the allies for the damage caused by the war. These were payed in money, land, coal, livestock and goods. All Germany's overseas colonies were taken away, and were run by the League of Nations, which effectively meant that France and Britain controlled them. So this meant that Germany not only did not have any overseas colonies,