The Treaty Of Versailles : An Controversial Postwar Resolutions Ever Drawn Up
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The Treaty of Versailles is one of the most controversial postwar resolutions ever drawn up. The leaders of the prevailing 4 nations, Woodrow Wilson, Georges Clemenceau, David Lloyd George, and Vittorio Orlando, were the authors of this controversial document. Each leader went into Versailles with their own idea of how the world should look after the great war. However, the European leaders widely agreed that Germany should be restricted, to some extent, militarily and sanctioned economically. France demanded the most from Germany, to ensure that Germany could not recreate a war machine ever again. Specifically, France wanted to annex Alsace-Lorraine and the Rhineland to create a buffer zone between Germany and mainland France. France demanded that defensive troops be put in the newly acquired regions, with Germany footing the bill. Moreover, France wanted Germany to pay massive amounts in reparations to help revive eastern France. Great Britain wanted reparations, but not nearly to the extent that France demanded. Britain and the United States cautioned against bulky reparations because it would potentially dry up the massive German economy and subsequently its valuable market in Europe. The United States pushed for a more diplomatic driven post-war world. Woodrow Wilson, the representative from the United States, proposed the league of nations which would act as a forum for the future issues of nations. The pressing question still remained, whether this document was a key catalyst of world war two.
Mark Mazower believed that the treaty did not lead to World War II. He pursued the notion that the Treaty of Versailles was too weak to be a catalyst for war. He explained for all the paperwork that came out of World War I it ignored ...
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...er with an entire area that could be easily conquered. Lastly, Aldcroft’s assertion that massive reparation and the Weimar’s actions toward those reparations helped caused the war was spot on. The already weak democracy of Germany was further weakened by its irresponsible response to paying reparations. The government opted to mass produce money to show that it was unable to pay the reparations. This caused astronomical inflation and a deep depression for its people. During this time extremist groups became popular. All of these reasons paved a wide road to war.
The treaty of Versailles will be debated for years by people more qualified than me. However, the facts remain unmoved reparations and worthless diplomacy is a remedy for war. A treaty like the one drawn up at Versailles left a gaping hole in eastern Europe, and a broken empire bent on revenge.