World War I : The Treaty Of Versailles Essay

1180 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
World War I was a gruesome event in history which saw over eight million soldiers lose their lives whilst defending their nations freedom, until Germany agreed to armistice on the 11th of November 1918. The peace agreement, known as the Treaty of Versailles, was signed on the 28th of June 1919 exactly five years after Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, officially ending the conflict between Germany and the Allied Powers. The treaty’s content was predominantly negotiated by the Big Three which consisted of; Woodrow Wilson from the United States of America, Georges Clemenceau of France, and David Lloyd George of Great Britain. Although it was a mutual belief that Germany should be punished, their opinions differed to which extent, as Britain and the USA were realistic about the effects this peace agreement may have, whereas France believed in punishment for the destruction in which Germany caused. Reflecting the views of these three nations, the 440 articles left Germany vulnerable as their nation struggled to repay the debts of the war, being faced with economical, territorial, and military provisions.
World War I destroyed the infrastructure throughout many communities and cities across the world, for which the allies blamed Germany. The infamous war guilt clause, forced Germany to accept responsibility for starting the war, and all consequential damages. This clause led to the Allied Powers forcing Germany to over £6600 million in reparations, although this…

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