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The Treaty of Versailles - Strengths and Weaknesses

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Transcript of The Treaty of Versailles - Strengths and Weaknesses

THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES.
STRENGTHS:
WEAKNESSES:
1. The treaty of Versailles brought peace to Europe, it also set up an international organization (the League of Nations) to preserve this peace.
2. The Treaty also meant that the countries had more of an individual identity, meaning they were not part of empires or controlled by anyone else, the boundaries were restored.
3. The treaty gave the surrounding countries of Germany space to breathe as as there was no immediate threat thanks to the de-militarization.
1. The Treaty did not make the League of Nations strong enough as it had no army and therefore relied on its member countries, meaning that it did not have the authority to go through with its decisions.
2. Italy and Japan resented the treaty as they did not feel that they got enough reward from it after fighting with the Allies.
3. Also the Treaty was not as strong as it could have been because the factor of the USA not joining was not considered, therefore also impacting on the League of Nations.
4. The treaty was signed by 45 countries.
5. It gave independence to Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
4. Britain thought that the reparations were to high and could stop trade with Germany.
5. The Treaty left the German people exposed and helpless, they reacted very badly (especially the war guilt).
6. Domestic oppositions at home as no one got their way.
7. Wilson failed to gain congressional support.
Terms of the Treaty
- The War Guilt Clause -
1. Germany had to accept the Blame for starting the war (Clause 231). This was vital because it provided the justification for many of the remaining terms
3. Germany was forbidden to have submarines or an air force. She could have a navy of only six battleships, and an Army of just 100,000 men. In addition, Germany was not allowed to place any troops in the Rhineland, the strip of land, 50 miles wide, next to France.

5. Germany lost Territory (land) in Europe. Germany’s colonies were given to Britain and France.


4. Germany was forbidden to join the League of Nations, or unite with Austria.
2. Germany had to pay £6,600 million (called Reparations) for the damage done during the war.
Terms of the Treaty
- Reparation Payments -
Terms of the Treaty
- Armed Forces Restrictions -
Terms of the Treaty
- Allies -
Terms of the Treaty
- Territory -
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