Luz Esteban, Matias Ripoll and I made a conversation between “the big three”, which consisted on talking about what did they wanted as a compensation of the war, their views about the fourteen points and which punishment did Germany had to face.
In my opinion, this helped me a lot on my studying because now I can know what things the wanted, their ideas and thoughts in a specific and clear way. In addition, the conversation stays “recorded” in my mind, helping me to know everything, and it’s a very interesting and entertaning way of learning more about the Treaty of Versailles
I personally enjoyed the recording, because I found funny the fact that we made the voices of the big three.
Sincerilly, I found this way of working very entertaning and I think that I would not change anything, except for one thing which is the size of the dialogue.
The Paris Conference
1) War guilt.Explain the arguments FOR and AGAINST this term.
2) Which term followed War Guilt? How much would it be today? What consequences/impact did it have on Germany?
3) Why were the victors planning to prevent a future war with Germany in the Treaty?
4) What territorial losses did Germany have to face? What happened to the German colonies? What did Wilson dislike about this?
5) Which new nations were created after WW1?
- The responsible for the “war guilt” was Germany. The argument for this term is that it didn’t take much time to Germany to declare war on Russia, France and invade Belgium. She was eager to do this. However, it was all based on the Russian mobilization. From the other hand, the terms against this term say that Germany was involved in the war, but she didn’t start war, who started war was Austria-Hungary against Serbia. Then, the Russians decided to start mobilizing so it was not really Germany’s desire to start war.
- The “war guilt” followed the terms of reparation of the damage she had made. This implies on paying an amount of money, land or resources which would make the other be “forgiven”. In this case, Germany paid 5 billion dollars, 30 billion dollars nowadays, taking her economy down. It caused a big economic impact, as well as the humiliation Germany felt. This was exactly what Wilson Woodrow didn’t want to happen.
- The victors were trying to prevent another war against Germany as they knew she would grow, became more powerful and take revenge
- As a cause of the Paris Conference, Germany also lost lots of land. She lost Poland, who became an independent country, and Alsace-Lorraine, a mineral-rich zone. About her colonies, she lost all of them as they were given to the allies. Wilson Woodrow disliked this because he didn’t like the distribution of land between countries, as well as the extra-international organizations.
- After WW1, they new nations created were:
-Eastern countries which later on became part of the URSS