Review Of The Treaty Of Versailles
Studying the Treaty of Versailles form the side of the winning group may seem quite easy. Can a benefactor of the allied efforts actually review the fairness of the treaty in just and unbiased way ? This is what I hope to accomplish with my paper reviewing the treaty, and reparations held within. To start, I would like to review the sources I am currently using and their general ideas:
The Treaty of Versailles: A Reassessment After 75 Years
Boerneke, Manfred F.,
New York University Press, New York USA
Mr. Boerneke starts his book with a straight review of the articles in the treaty and explains what each one of them means in general terms. After this review he gives yet another overview of the historical events which would later be affected by these articles; such as the massive increase in German nationalism under the Nazi regime and the German people’s anger towards the loss of the “corridor lands” along the border with France. As well, Boerneke talks about the ill effects of the treaty on Italy, after they lost land along the north they were promised in 1915. Overall this is a great book, and will be the primary source for my paper.
The Failure of World War I Peace
UNC Press, Chapel Hill, N.C. USA
Mr. Blahut’s review starts off with the general post-war standing of each nation , and the type of punishment they wish upon Germany. He talks more about Woodrow
Wilson more than the rest of the allied leaders, discussing Wilson’s poor efforts to find a point of compromise in the treaty, which in turn led to the massive emotional eruption in World War II. Most of his review covers the negativity which plagued Wilson throughout his journeys to and from Europe. His conclusion states that it was the American inability to find compromise in the treaty that eventually led to WWII through the increase of tension in Europe caused by the unfairness of Versailles.
Frankfurt, Brest-Litovsk, Versailles: A Never Ending Story
Mr. Broening’s paper reviews and compares the three major treaties in Europe involving Germany up until the beginning of World War II. The first two being treaties that Germany imposed upon other nations, and the latter of course being the major one imposed on Germany. Mr. Broening (a German) believes that the Treaty of Versailles was no more unfair to Germany (as passed down by the Allies) as the Treaty of Frankfurt was to France, and the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was to Russia (as passed down by Germany). He also goes on to discuss how one must take into account the disappointment of the German people who were in most cases uninformed of the war due a de facto military dictatorship since 1917. Overall another source which supplies the necessary review of the “justice” of Versailles,, but allows the reader to also understand how the roles were reversed for decades earlier.
Treaty of Versailles: A Blue Print For War
Anonymous - www.qt.org/worldwar/prelude/prelude1.html
Although i was unable to find the author of this paper listed anywhere on the page, it still gave enough of an overview that I felt it was necessary to include. It is broken down into two sections. The first discussing the implications of the articles as they relate to Germany’s “war guilt” , which was a new idea there. Breaking down the reparations into statistics, this paper offered a purely economic and geographic review of what was gained and lost by both sides. It discussed the sacrifice of land, people, moneys, and pride (which of course isn’t really a statistic, but still had a major role in affairs afterwards). The second section talked about the affects these reparation had on the Allied nations like France and England, and the possible effects on the Communist battle raging in the Soviet Union at the time. Overall, a fairly good source for statistical information, however on an instructional basis, it is quite weak.
The Politics and Diplomacy of Peacekeeping: Containment and Counter-revolution at Versailles 1918-1919
Mayer, Arno J.
Harcourt Press, New York, USA
Out of all the books I have read through, this one is probably the most underhanded (if that is the right word). Most