How Far Was the Treaty of Versailles Justified at the Time

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How far was the Treaty of Versailles justified at the time? The Treaty of Versailles was an agreement between 32 nations deciding the fate of Germany. It was needed badly as war torn Europe was in turmoil. France had been devastated by the effects of war and sought to cripple Germany. The British Prime Minister, Lloyd George, realised the severe implications that this could have and so wanted a more lenient peace treaty. The American public had little interest in Post War Europe but their President, Woodrow Wilson, wanted a Germany that would make a good neighbour in Europe, hence his fourteen points. To reach a compromise a meeting was needed at the small palace of Versailles, not far from the French capital, Paris. Here the leaders of ‘The Big Three’ (Clemenceau, Wilson and George), tried to find a lasting peace of Europe. This meeting was intended to bring stability and peace into a crippled Europe. The date was set to June 28th 1919 and the members of all 32 nations met, in a council of 10, to decide the terms for Germany. The views of the Big Three were so different in what the leaders wanted for their nations that there was no way the leaders would come to an agreement. This meant they would have to compromise and fast, since they had already spent too much time on making the treaty. There was no time to perfect the treaty and so many leaders came out unhappy, as so did Germany. If there was more time spend, there was sure to be a more just treaty and to the liking of each leader. With the short period of time they had and looking at the character of the leaders, from this information the treaty can be justified as it was the best possible option to please as many as it could taking into account the time they had. With the war having just ended, there was an extreme sense of nationalism within the countries and in the personal thoughts of their leaders.
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