Was the Versailles Treaty Too Harsh on Germany?


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Was the Versailles Treaty too harsh on Germany? In terms of initial demands, yes; in terms of how the treaty was actually enforced, the answer is no
With the conclusion of the First World War, it was inevitable that the victors would impose their own tough brand of justice upon the losers. The Treaty of Versailles reprimanded Germany after the war had ended and obligated the Germans to accept all responsibility for the war; the Germans were also compelled to pay large compensations to the Allies, were ordered to give up all their colonial possessions, and to cede tracts of territory within Europe. It is generally felt that the punitive terms of the accord not only led to resentment in Germany, but sparked economic depression, forced the...
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