Viewpoints on the Treaty Of Versailles Essay

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Viewpoints on the Treaty Of Versailles

The treaty of Versailles was fair for some of the countries as it provided some of the nations involved with benefits; for example France, but gave the enemies harsh decrees to deal with – of course this concerned Germany. What the League of Nations thought had been fair laws for Germany to deal with had meant extremely difficult consequences and impacts for the country to cope with; for the leaders of the country as well as the general public. Of course views from the public of different nations would have differed as to how fair they thought the treaty was, and the aim of this study is to provide a distinguished analysis between the different nations’
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France lost a quarter of its male population to the war, and undoubtedly the people were infuriated with this – wives had lost husbands, daughters had lost fathers, etc. In compensation, Alsace-Lorraine was returned to France (it had been lost in the Franco – Prussian war of 1870-1871). This pleased Woodrow Wilson as well as France, because he had mentioned this in his 14 points. (Woodrow Wilson compiled a list of 14 points before the Treaty of Versailles had even been considered which he wished the League of Nations to carry out, in hope of restoring peace in the world etc.)

France was also glad that Rhineland had been demilitarized, even though they did not gain Rhineland itself as they had hoped. No German forces were allowed to occupy any part of the area – this then meant that Germany could not launch any invasion upon France, and if they were to try, France would be able to prepare for the attack. Allied troops were allowed to occupy the West Bank for 15 years but despite this they were withdrawn by 1930 and reoccupied by German troops in 1936. France gained Saar, which was a coal mining area on the Franco – German border. They would own it for 15 years to provide raw materials and then a plebiscite was to be held; it was eventually returned to Germany.

Some of Germany’s colonies were also given to France as mandates;

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