The Outbreak Of The Treaty Of Versailles

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“The outbreak of another war was unavoidable after the Treaty of Versailles” Discuss. HY116 week 5 essay On the 28th of June 1919, after six months of negotiations the Treaty of Versailles formally ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied powers. The Paris Peace Conferences set about to establish at durable peace and insure that World War One would be the war to end all wars. Nevertheless, thirty years later Adolf Hitler invaded Poland and conflict erupted once again. Thus the Treaty of Versailles failed in providing a stable international system. Instead it dictated a temporary peace in which only the victors had a say. All delegations left the conference dissatisfied with the result. However the treaty alone cannot be…show more content…
However, within the Allied camp, there were different views for the peace to come and due to many compromises, this prohibited the treaty from having a clear aim all could defend. Originally Vittorio Emanuele Orlando had been part of the “Big Four” however due to unfulfilled territorial claims, the Italian prime minister left the Conference and was thus left out of the architectural role the other leaders had in the Treaties. Before the conference had even started, Wilson announced his ‘fourteen points’, outlining the US’ approach goals for the peace to come. Still, the treaty of Versailles needed firstly to offer concrete measures to reinstate peace and a legitimate balance of power in Europe. Wilson could not write the peace alone. Thus the ideals he promised were faced with the reality of states who had experienced the war first hand and came with specific demands. The French aims at the peace conference focused on what they perceived as the immediate threat of Germany. France had lost over 10% of its active adult male population. Clemenceau wanted to insure France would never again be attacked by Germany. For him, the problem of power was fundamental as force was the ultimate arbiter in international conflict Revenge and repayment were major themes within the french public opinion however contrary to the general conception, Clemenceau and the French delegation were not seeking to destroy Germany by vindictively pursuing
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