Truth and Consequences: taking Advantage of the Loser. On The Treaty of Versailles, Wilson's 14 Points, and their effects on World War I

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Western Civilizations

Although the costs and strain that World War I placed on the countries involved in

it were unimaginable, the peace treaty Germany was forced to sign was neither fair nor

just. Millions upon millions of men lost their lives or were wounded and women and

children suffered from not having and positive male influence and being forced into manual

labor on the homefront. The cost alone to the United States was $27,729,000,000 and the

Americans killed numbered 53,407. Illness and other causes brought the total number of

deaths to about 126,000. There were 204,002 wounded which were not fatal. When

Allied leaders decided that it was time to end everything, they made the right decision.

After rapid troop deployment by the United States and the successful Allied counterattack,

Germany was on the run. Eventually, they surrendered and were forced into a peace

agreement. The leaders of the major allied powers, Clemenceau of France, Geroge of

Great Britain, Orlando of Italy, and Wilson of the United States, were supposed to draw

up a document for long lasting peace based on Wilson's Fourteen Points, but the other

leaders were vengeful.

They wanted Germany to pay in a big way for their losses and

costs incurred. Instead of choosing to aim for long lasting peace by basing their treaty on

the Fourteen Points, Clemenceau, George, and Orlando drew up a treaty that would cause

Germany to go into a nation-wide depression and suffer for a whole generation. This

treaty became known as the Treaty of Versailles.

In looking at the treaty, one would think that the writers were completely biased

against Germany... and they would be right. Because France, Great Britain, and Italy

were the three main countries involved in the creation of the Traety of Versailles, they

used every...