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Treaty of Versailles 1919

 


 

At the end of World War I, on June 28, 1919, the Allies made Germany sign the Treaty of Versailles.

The treaty took effect on January 10, 1920.

 

Who Composed the 1919 Treaty of Versailles?

The Big Four, who led the Allies in drafting the peace settlements, were

David Lloyd George (Britain)

Vittorio Orlando (Italy)

Georges Clemenceau (France) and

Woodrow Wilson (United States)

 

And here they are as such left to right:

The Big Four of Versailles 1919
THE BIG FOUR OF VERSAILLES 1919


 

What Did the Treaty of Versailles Mean for Germany?

Bad news all around.

The Germans had to sign that WWI was their fault and that they would pay up. In digits that was $33,000,000,000 in 1921.

And of course, their country was given a slightly different shape on the map. Germany's overseas colonies in China, in the Pacific, and in Africa were taken over by the Allies.

By the way, instead of giving the German colony in China back to China, it was given to Japan. Naturally, this ticked the Chinese off and they started their  May Fourth Movement.


Here it is for Europe:

Germany before and after the Treaty of Versailles, 1919
GERMANY BEFORE AND AFTER THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES
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Harsh treaty or not, by 1933
Nut Adolf, Germany's new chancellor, was ready to show the nation how to cope with international humiliation.

 


 


 


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