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The allies disagreed over the treatment of Germany in 1919 because they all had different experiences of war France is geographically situated right next to Germany and had the most casualties and damage as the battles had largely taken place on French soil They were old enemies having been humiliated in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles with the establishment of the Second German Empire in 1870-1871 The Prime Minister Clemenceau was the Mayor of Paris during the siege of 1870-1871 where the inhabitants were forced to hunt the local rat population for food France was also humiliated at the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine France therefore wanted the harshest penalties on the Germans and wanted money to help to rebuild the cities and coal to compensate for the coal and iron ore extracted from Northern France by the Germans and to prevent a recurrence of World War One The French were not a big exporter of goods to Germany so they did not see the economic implications to the Germans They would be afraid of a Russian Communist revolution in Germany as the revolution could easily spread from Germany to the country next to it The United Kingdom was suspicious of Germanys decision to build a large navy as they feared that they could be under attack After the end of World War One the British were keen to remove this threat Britains public were fed propaganda about German atrocities and were keen to enact revenge However the British Prime Minister David Lloyd George realised that this may not be in Britains best interests as France was Britains traditional enemy not Germany and if the French were not under attack they could come and attack the United Kingdom Britain was also concerned about the Russians If there German army was too weak Russia could just take over it The United Kingdom wanted Germany to be a buffer zone like the Rhineland for France
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