Imperial Rivalry In The Treaty Of Versailles
In the Treaty of Versailles Germany was made into a weak country in many ways so that they could never be able to attack or have power in the future. They were to have no military, no land and no money.
In this treaty, Germany lost 10% of its land, 12% of its population, 16% of its coalfields and half its iron and steel industry. Germany had less land, fewer people, less taxes and less power. “This was also the case for the German empire, which was dismembered. Germany’s colonies were made ‘mandates’ of the League of Nations, but were looked after by France (Cameroons), Britain (Tanganyika), Japan (islands in the Pacific), Australia (New Guinea) and New Zealand (Samoa). In addition, Germany was forbidden to unite with Austria (Anschluss), which was designed to keep Germany weak.” (Wikipedia)
The treaty also restricted the military powers of Germany. They could only have 100,000 men in their army. They could not have airplanes or submarines and they could only have 6 battleships. They were left utterly …show more content…
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