Treaty of Versailles Igcse Notes Essay
a)Which terms of the peace settlement of 1919 directly affected France?
-France gained territory such as Alsace Lorraine and the Saarland (which were important industrial areas)
-Also, german colonies become mandates ruled by the League of Nations and France would be able to make use of them.
-The league of nations menat that France’s safety would concern other countries as it woul act as an international police force.
-France’s safety was assured by the terms of the treaty as germany would be economically weak due to 6600 million pounds being imposed as reparations. Furthermore its army had been greatly reduced and a natural border(The demilitarised Rhineland) had been imposed between France and Germany. …show more content…
b)Why did the aims of the Big Three differ at Versailles?
Clemenceau resented Wilson’s more generous attitude towards the treaty as the USA had not suffered as much as France. No fighting had taken place on USA territory. Furthermore, they disagreed over what to do with Germany’s Rhineland and coalfields in the Saar. Wilson’s 14 points seemed too idealistic to the other two leaders and they only gave in to the idea of self-determination in east Europe once Wilson had agreed on the issues concerning the