Treaty of Versailles Fairness Debate

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During the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, Russia had to give up a third of their ______

population

The land Russia had to give up under the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was the most densely-populated and heavily ______ regions

industrialized

Germany had to pay 6.6 billion ______ under the Treaty of Versailles

pounds

Germany lost 10% and 12.5% of its land and ______ respectively under the Treaty of Versailles

population

The terms of the Treaty of Versailles were considered more lenient for Germany compared to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk due to the loss of more important and ______ lands

resourceful

The main reason for punishing Germany with the Treaty of Versailles was to weaken them so they won’t have a quick and easy way of ______ from this punishment and retaliate

recovering

Germany had to pay 6.6 billion dollars in ______ as part of the Treaty of Versailles

reparations

Germany was forbidden to make alliances with other countries because of the treaty, which made them appear weak, vulnerable, and susceptible to ______

attacks

The Treaty of Versailles was extremely hard on Germany as they were already in ______ yet still had to accept all these punishments

debt

Despite not initiating WWI, Germany had to accept full responsibility due to the War ______ Clause

Guilt

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Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

  • Russia had to give up a third of their territory
  • The land Russia gave up was the most densely-populated and heavily industrialized regions

Treaty of Versailles

  • Germany had to pay 6.6 billion gold marks in reparations
  • Germany lost 10% of its population and 12.5% of its territory
  • The treaty was lenient compared to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, as Germany lost less important lands
  • The main reason for punishing Germany was to weaken them to prevent quick recovery and retaliation
  • Germany had to pay 6.6 billion dollars in reparations
  • Germany was forbidden from making alliances, making them appear weak and vulnerable to invasion
  • The treaty was extremely harsh, as Germany was already in economic difficulties
  • Germany accepted full responsibility for starting WWI due to the War Guilt Clause

Explore the debate on whether the Treaty of Versailles was fair by considering Germany's actions towards Russia during the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Compare the reparations and territorial losses imposed on Russia with those imposed on Germany after World War I.

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