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What Was The Impact Of The Treaty Of Versailles

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The Treaty of Versailles was imposed on Germany by the Triple Entente, France, Russia, and Great Britain, at the end of World War 1. France used the treaty to get revenge and security, while Britain wanted imperial gains and Italy and Japan wanted territorial gains. The treaty stated that Germany must: limit its army to 100,000 men, give up its colonial possessions, pay reparations to the winning state, accept full responsibility for the war, and allow the Rhineland to be occupied for 15 years. Germany was also forced to sign the treaty in order to remain a unified country. The United States wanted to gain world peace and continued world trade from the treaty. Due to this, Woodrow Wilson backed out of the treaty and withdrew the United States involvement. Wilson came to Versailles hoping that measures would be taken to restore peace with Europe. However, once he read the treaty he soon learned that the last thing that would be achieved was peace. He was appalled by the enormous weight put on Germany’s shoulders, and even said, “the exactions of this treaty are more than the German people can bear.” Wilson wanted an end to come to all the alliances that had started World War One. He thought the Treaty would achieve this, but in his opinion, it only increased the divide between Germany and other European countries. Wilson even offered a counter proposal stating that Germany offers to proceed with their own disarmament in advance, in order to show that they will help to
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