Prescribed 1 Peacemaking and Peacekeeping, International Relations 1918-36
In the extract from Guilt at Versailles, Antony Lentin states that the Allied statesmen did not create the Treaty of Versailles to conciliate or destroy Germany. Instead, the Treaty left Germany bitter, resentful, in want of revenge and a potential enemy in the future. (b) What message is conveyed by Source E? (3 marks)
Source E conveys the message that Germany has been mistreated through the Treaty of Versailles. * The caption reads “… do you want your pockets turned out before or after death?” suggesting that not only is …show more content…
Right after the armistice was signed by Germany, the Germans believed they would be informed about the terms of the Versailles Treaty imposed on them. However this didn’t happen and the lack of cooperation angered them. At the conference the terms of the treaty were presented to the German representative. The ‘Big Three’ didn’t negotiate with Germany about the terms of the treaty and ignored Germany’s objections on the treaty. Germany was forced to accept the war guilt which they saw as unfair, since they weren’t the only ones who started the war. As Antony Lentin stated in the Guilt at Versailles the Germans believed that the treaty would be based on Wilson’s Fourteen Points, which offered peace, and that future international tension would be prevented. The Germans believed the Fourteen Points would have less devastated to Germany. However it was a peace term “brewed” by the “Big Three” together. There was a huge dispute in Germany when the terms were made public. Many German’s thought the Treaty of Versailles was unfair because it was a ‘diktat’ - as it was being forced on them and the Germans had been forced sign it. Many in Germany did not want the Treaty signed, but the representatives there knew that they had no choice as German was incapable of defending itself.
The treaty of Versailles didn’t only humiliate Germany but also took away a huge amount of