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Was the Treaty of Versailles Fair - by Laura Aberle Who can say for sure whether the Treaty of Versailles was fair or not The answer depends on your point of view From the French perspective the Germans deserved to give up everything in order to make amends for the destruction they caused in France Therefore the treaty wasnt punishing them enough From where the American and British leaders were standing it seemed impossible to place the entire blame on one country so the Clause 231 must have seemed quite harsh But the treaty was a compromise - no one got everything they wanted but more importantly no one was completely short-changed Not even Germany Many of Wilsons peaceful Fourteen Points werent accomplished but he had faith in the League of Nations to sort things out later Clemenceau had wanted nothing but revenge on Germany and that was definitely achieved if not to the extent he had hoped for Lloyd-George was probably the most content out of the three leaders because he had wanted a compromise between the French and American ideas to begin with What about Germany Wasnt it unfair to place the entire blame on her and to make her pay such hefty reparations It might be argued that the treaty was aimed at completely destroying Germanys economy and that they had lost too much territory and money People worried that their army would be ruined by it as well It was argued that the politicians who signed the treaty were tricked because they had thought only Wilsons Fourteen Points had been used in writing it Perhaps it was rather severe to make the Germans agree that the entire war had been their fault but those are only words The reparations they had to pay because of their guilt were still relatively small considering the amount the French would have liked to take The economy was obviously not
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