Clemenceau's Determination to be Harsh on Germany

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Clemenceau's Determination to be Harsh on Germany Clemenceau, the leader of France during the First World War, found himself to be in a moral predicament during the time of the Treaty of Versailles. On the one hand, he wished to be seen as a fair and just leader, and yet on the other hand he wanted revenge, not just for himself but for the people who had chosen him as their leader. However, as a politician, he understood that the desires of his nation could not be realised. Britain and America would not let Germany be treated this harshly, but he had to be seen to be out for blood for his continued office. Thus Clemenceau was determined to be harsh on Germany at the Treaty of Versailles. He felt this way because of a number of factors. The first, and perhaps most obvious, is that of revenge. For almost four years, France had been torn apart and ruined in the greatest war ever in the history of the world. Much land had been lost or ruined, people killed, economy wrecked. There was also a moral impact, as several years of terrible war will do to a country. They wanted to make sure Germany paid for, and acknowledged, the loss-in lives, land, money, and morale-that they had caused them. France had been much more involved in the war the Britain or America-which, when they got tired, could retreat across the sea to their home country. The French could not, as the fighting was happening in their home country. There was also security. France wanted to make sure that if ever the same situation arise in Germany, they could not attack again, with the ensuing cost. To do this, they had to make sure Germany was shattered-militarily, economically, and morally. Germany's army, air force and navy had to be removed, or at least severely disabled. The economy of Germany had to be ruined, by a large and unrealistic fine or other payment. And the people of Germany, no matter how much they were actually involved, had to realised what they had supposedly done,
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