16 Facts About Versailles Treaty


Treaty of Versailles was the most important of the peace treaties of World War I It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers.

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Versailles Treaty was comprehensive and complex in the restrictions imposed upon the post-war German armed forces.

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Treaty of Versailles was an important step in the status of the British Dominions under international law.

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Versailles Treaty lost his position as prime minister just a week before the treaty was scheduled to be signed, effectively ending his active political career.

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Versailles Treaty's promised share of German reparations never materialized, and a seat she coveted on the executive council of the new League of Nations went instead to Spain—which had remained neutral in the war.

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Versailles Treaty believed that if Germany refused to sign the treaty, the Allies would invade Germany from the west—and there was no guarantee that the army would be able to make a stand in the event of an invasion.

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Versailles Treaty represented a chance to overturn this imposed inferiority, whose tensions were strengthened particularly in Japan's relationship with the United States during WW1.

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Versailles Treaty believed the sums being asked of Germany in reparations were many times more than it was possible for Germany to pay, and that these would produce drastic instability.

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British military historian Correlli Barnett claimed that the Treaty of Versailles was "extremely lenient in comparison with the peace terms that Germany herself, when she was expecting to win the war, had had in mind to impose on the Allies".

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Finally, Evans argued that it is untrue that Versailles Treaty caused the premature end of the Republic, instead contending that it was the Great Depression of the early 1930s that put an end to German democracy.

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Versailles Treaty argued that Versailles was not the "main cause" of National Socialism and the German economy was "only marginally influenced by the impact of reparations".

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German historian Detlev Peukert wrote that Versailles Treaty was far from the impossible peace that most Germans claimed it was during the interwar period, and though not without flaws was actually quite reasonable to Germany.

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Rather, Peukert argued that it was widely believed in Germany that Versailles was a totally unreasonable treaty, and it was this "perception" rather than the "reality" of the Versailles treaty that mattered.

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Treaty of Versailles resulted in the creation of several thousand miles of new boundaries, with maps playing a central role in the negotiations at Paris.

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Versailles Treaty ignored any possibility of there being a third way: the kind of compact represented by the Swiss Federation; a bilingual or even trilingual Schleswig-Holsteinian state" or other options such as "a Schleswigian state in a loose confederation with Denmark or Germany, or an autonomous region under the protection of the League of Nations.

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Versailles Treaty created much resentment in Germany, which was exploited by Adolf Hitler in his rise to power at the helm of Nazi Germany.

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