The Treaty of Versailles The Treaty of Versailles was supposed to bring the Great War to an end and bring peace between all countries. This treaty was initially said to include all of President Wilson’s ‘Fourteen Points’ which he announced in January of 1918 but instead, only four out of the fourteen points made it. Despite the Treaty of Versailles’ purpose to be fair and effective to end all wars, that was not the case because not all countries were beneficial from this treaty. The United States was not majorly affected by World War I because they entered in the later years of the war, therefore they did not see much effectiveness in the Treaty of Versailles. President Woodrow Wilson delivered a speech in January of 1918 where he presented the United States’ national aims. President Wilson presented fourteen points which included all countries to have self-determination, free navigation overseas, borders to be clear, and basically peace between all countries in general. In Document 7, one of President Wilson’s general points stated, “Absolute freedom of navigation upon the seas outside territorial waters, alike in peace and in war…” meaning that the seas will be open to all. Document 7 also states, “Open covenants of peace, openly arrived at, after which there shall be no private international understandings of any kind…” meaning that all countries shall be at peace. Despite what President Wilson of the U.S. wanted, there was not peace or self-determination between all countries. The treaty was supposed to bring peace but because Germany’s best interests were not met, peace and self-determination were not met. Document 9 states, “Wilson was disappointed at the treaty’s overall outcome.” This was because the treaty was in fact not fair, full of justice, or effective in bringing peace. Because France had been invaded by Germany for the second time in living history, France felt that the Treaty of Versailles should be beneficial to all but Germany. France wanted Germany to pay and be punished. This can be portrayed in Document 9 which states, “Clemenceau, the French leader, was determined to punish Germany… Clemenceau wanted German power to be reduced so that it could never again pose a military threat.” France and its people wanted Germany to pay for how they damaged France by reducing their military power and taking away land. France got exactly what they wanted because after the Treaty of Versailles, “Germany lost 13.5% of its land and 12.5% of its population. These losses were to hit the German economy hard in the following years...” as Document 9 also states. France was greedy in not thinking about what Germany also went through during the war but only wanting their land back. Germany’s power was indeed reduced as the French wanted but that was indeed not fair because the Germans did not know what they had coming their way. Because all countries believed Germany started the Great War/ WWI which caused the, great damage, they believed Germany
five treaties; the Treaty of Versailles, St Germain, Trianon, Neuilly, Sevres/Lausanne.
•The Treaty of Versailles dealt specifically with Germany and was the major discussion during the draw up of the peace settlement whereas the other treaties dealt with the geo-political and economic future of Europe.
• The agreement containing the principles on which the League of Nations was to operate on took into account all five treaties.
1.2.2 The Treaty of Versailles
The Treaty of Versailles is to be established as the event that ‘set off the dominos’, and underlying cause of the Second World War. Marking the formal end to the First World War, the Treaty of Versailles was developed at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. The provisions of the treaty were designed to enforce international peace and cooperation in Europe whilst limiting Germany’s political power. After the reluctant agreement by the German government, the most significant of the treaty’s terms imposed…
the Treaty of Versailles was to ensure future peace in Europe; however the outbreak of World War II is evidence to the fact that the treaty was ineffective. The ineffectiveness of the treaty can be blamed on the creators of the treaty itself rather than on a problem with the treaty. During the making of the treaty the makers were trying to insure peace but they didn’t recognize the importance of fair treatment and representation of all nations including Germany.
The Treaty of Versailles in itself…
idealist, tried reaching his goals of everlasting peace among the world by attempting to implement his 14 Points into the Treaty of Versailles. Woodrow failed in successfully doing so, coming out of the situation with an unfavorable treaty. After not selling it to the Senate properly and not compromising, the Treaty of Versailles was shot down. One of the biggest reasons that he treaty failed to not only being synthesized the way he wanted, but also in being ratified was because the President was not…
Versailles Optional session: Chreia
Chreia: “The failure of any nation to adopt humane conditions of labor is an obstacle in the way of other nations which desire to improve the conditions in their own countries.”
I. Panegyric: After providing us with this quote among many others, as well as creating the fourteen points, Woodrow Wilson has become one of the most influential (not to mention popular) writers of the Treaty of Versailles.
II. Paraphrastic: The failure of many other nations who…
the all was said and done, the victors of The Great War met in Versailles to construct a plan to reform Europe. This plan eventually resulted in the Treaty of Versailles. However, because the main four leaders were conflicted in what they wanted to do to better Europe and punish Germany, the treaty was messy and unsuccessful. While most thought it would be based on the Fourteen Points, opposition from Clemenceau resulted in the treaty being nothing like anyone had thought it would be. It punished…
To what extent did the Treaty of Versailles reflect the original aims of the
The Treaty of Versailles, was the treaty that ended the state of war between Germany and
the Allied Powers, ending to also with the World War I; signed in the Palace of Versailles in
France on 28 June 1919. The Treaty of Versailles reflected to an extent certain original aims
of each peacekeeping nation. The main peacemaking countries were the United States,
Britain and France. They tried to establish this treaty following the…
The treaty of Versailles took Germany’s power and military away, made them take the blame for the war, and pay enormous war reparations. The Treaty of Versailles led to the rise of Hitler in 1933 because it led to economic weakness, weakness of the Weimar republic, and strength of the Nazi party.
The treaty of Versailles led to Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 because it caused economic weakness because Germany had to pay very large war reparations. The large amount of money that Germany had to pay…
20 January 2015
Treaty of Versailles too Harsh a Treaty?
The Treaty of Versailles has been debated ever since it was created in 1919.
Many people say that the treaty was way too harsh on the Germans, but some say it
wasn’t harsh enough. I believe that the Treaty of Versailles was a little too harsh on the
Germans. Although they did use unrestricted submarine warfare, attacked France
through Belgium, and tried persuading Mexico into invading the United States…
The Versailles Treaty dealt Germany an unfair hand. The Versailles Treaty caused anger and humiliation within Germany and left a void that would later be filled by the Nazi Party. There were four main punishments that really damaged Germany as a whole: Size of the German Military, Payments, War Guilt Clause, Territory Losses. Germany wasn’t a fan of these rules that the Versailles Treaty which they showed it in World War II.
The Treaty of Versailles contributed to WWII by severely weakening Germany…