Was the Treat of Versailles Too Harsh on Germany?

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WAS THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES TOO HARSH ON GERMANY? The Treaty of Versailles was the first of five treaties drawn up by the Big Three (David Lloyd George, George Clemenceau and Woodrow Wilson) to set the peace terms following the ending of the First World War. The treaties had various consequences, including the splitting up of Austria-Hungary and the formation of two completely new countries, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. Many members of the public considered the Treaty too harsh on Germany and not enough on the other countries in the Triple Alliance. In the Treaty, Germany was forced to accept all the blame for war, and was also forced to pay reparations amounting to about 6.6 billion dollars, which was finally all paid off in 1989. The absence of money from the German economy caused extreme hyper-inflation, which in turn caused many Germans to lose their jobs. In the infamous Great Depression of the 1920s, the US was not the only hard-hit country but Germany too and even more severely so. This was because Germany had lost over 2 million men in the war, and many of those who did come back were crippled and could not work. Germany had also lost trust with many countries who were their trading partners, causing them to lose even more money as they could not export their goods. Also, Germany had lost all of its formerly gained territory and colonies, and some land was taken from its mainland too, which amounted to about 10% of its territory. This included the Rhineland, West Prussia and Alsace-Lorraine. Some of the land was given to the League of Nations to become mandates, and be under supervision by chosen countries. Some land was made into demilitarised zones, which meant that no armed forces of any nation were allowed to occupy that region. This was unfair in the fact that self-determination, one of Wilson's Fourteen Points, was completely thrown
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