History Essay N°2

 

Statement: How successful was Wilson on achieving his aims at Versailles? Explain your answer.

 

    

 

   As an idealist, Wilson had lots of aims ,which he presented in the Paris Peace Conference, to achieve a fair and lasting peace in the world. However, not all of them were accomplished. In this essay, I will say how successful Wilson was in achieving his aims at Versailles by saying which aims he had, which ones were accepted and which ones not.

   Before the war ended, in 1918,  Woodrow Wilson presented some aims to achieve  world peace called “the fourteen points” in the United States’ congress. This ones were: no secret treaties, open seas, free trade between countries, disarmament, colonies to have a say in their future, German troops to leave Russia, Independence for Belgium, France to regain Alsace-Lorraine, Frontier between Austria and Italy to be adjusted, Self-determination for countries from Eastern Europe, Serbia to have access to the sea, Self-determination for the people of the Turkish empire, Poland to be independent and to have access to the sea and the League of Nations, an international organization to assure lasting peace and to save the world from another war, to be set up. Afterwards, during the post-war period, he established his principal aims for the conference: Don’t be too harsh on Germany, because she would recover and seek revenge in the future. Then, strengthen democracy in defeated countries, for example Germany. Also, to give self-determination to small countries that once had been part of the European empires and International cooperation, which is referred to the League of Nations.

  On the one hand, many of these points were accepted. To begin with, one of the issues that was accepted was the League of Nations, starting to work in 1920. Then, open seas and independence for Poland. This new country was given  part of Germany, but on one of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany’s territories and colonies, affirmed that Poland would be a new country and she would have a port in Danzig, city now controlled by the League of Nations. Also, France regained Alsace-Lorraine, because in the Franco-Prussian war Germany  had taken it from the French empire. Finally, disarmament and self-determination to small countries that once had been part of the European empires were taken into account but only for Germany.

   On the other hand, there were some aims which were not respected. Firstly, Wilson did not achieve a fair and lasting peace, because in the treaty the big three obligated Germany to accept the guilt of starting the war. Secondly, free access to seas was not reached by Woodrow because they prohibited  the access to sea to Germany. Thirdly, free trade could not be a possibility because many of the countries had their economy in a very bad shape, mostly Germany who had to pay reparations. Fourthly, strengthen democracy for defeated countries because the German government was not strong at all after the treaty. Lastly, disarmament and self-determination to small countries that once had been part of the European empires were not completely reached because it was only applied to one country.

   To conclude, Wilson was not so successful in achieving his aims in the treaty because some of them were not respected and some of them were not even taken into account. Also, he searched a long and lasting peace, but the only thing that he got was a whole country filled with the desire of revenge.

Festejando el bicentenario-Actividad

Hace unos días, Carol, nos pidió que realizemos una actividad de a parejas con el compañero de banco, en mi caso, yo trabajé con Tomás Braun.

A continuación voy a poner la actividad que debíamos hacer, y lo que nosotros hicimos.

Actividad:

1-Trabajar con el compañero de banco
2-Leer los tres textos.
3-Tomar 1 palabra que se repita en por lo menos 2 de los textos y explicar cómo está usada.
4-Elegir uno de los poemas y buscar una imagen que ilustre su significado.
5-Elegir uno de los poemas y escribir un texto en el que cuentes si te gusta o no, qué te provoca, qué te hace sentir, etc.

Lo que nosotroa hicimos:

1- Tomás Braun y Matías Ripoll

3- La palabra que elegimos es cadenas.
“La patria en cadenas”.
“Oíd el ruido de rotas cadenas”.
Cadenas: Una cadena es un conjunto de eslabones o anillos enlazados entre sí.
Significado de “patria en cadenas”: Esto quiere decir que la patria estaba siendo dominadas.
Significado de “oíd el ruido de rotas cadenas”: Esto quiere decir que las cadenas se rompieron y liberaron de los españoles.

4- Elegimos el poema de “la independencia”.
Esta es la imagen que para nosotros lo representa.

5- Elegimos describir el himno. Esto es lo que nosotros pensamos:

El himno, escrito por Vicente López y Planes en el año 1812, nos representa como país independiente y soberano. Nosotros, Tomás Braun y Matías Ripoll, pensamos que el himno es el poema que te emociona y enorgullece ya que expresa nuestra historia y cómo llegamos a ser lo que somos hoy, un país independiente y libre. Por esta razón de que el himno nos emociona, en las guerras, les brindaba coraje y pasión a los valientes soldados para llevarse todo por delante. Finalmente, este himno, te hace sentir orgullo de lo que sos: Una persona libre y con derechos de la República Argentina.