How Satisfied Were the Big Three with the Treaty of Versaille

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After the First World War, Britain, France and the USA had to decide how to treat Germany, the country that agreed to the armistice in November 1918. The leaders of those 3 countries were known as ‘The Big Three.’ The Big Three were David Lloyd George of Britain, Georges Clemenceau of France and Woodrow Wilson of America. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28th June 1919 to sort out the terms for Germany’s punishment. It was greeted with shock and disbelief in Germany. The treaty was quite unpopular, not only with the Germans, but also with the Big Three. Even at the time, the peace-makers left the conference feeling that they had failed to make a treaty that would keep the peace and satisfy everybody. The historians have ever since blamed the Treaty of Versailles for helping the Second World War. One of the Big Three, David Lloyd George of Great Britain had two views on how Germany should be treated. He was quite satisfied with the treaty. In front of his people, as a member of parliament, he needed the support of the public to succeed in elections and if he came across as being soft on Germany, he would have been voted out. The British people wanted revenge and Lloyd George's public image reflected this mood. "Hang the Kaiser" and "Make Germany Pay" were two very common calls in the era immediately after the end of the war. However, in private Lloyd George thought that the treaty was probably too harsh and he predicted that history would repeat itself, saying ‘‘We shall have to fight another war again in 25 years’ time.’’ the economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied that reparations would ruin the economy of Europe. Lloyd George also wanted to avoid any long term British military commitment on the continent and he also wanted to prevent the takeover of German minorities by Poland or France, something which he feared might cause future unpleasantness. A key
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