German Reactions to the Treaty of Versailles

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  • German Reactions
    • Military Terms
      • Germans felt that an army of 100,000 was too small for a country of Germany's size.
      • The army was a symbol of Germany's pride.
    • War Guilt Clause
      • The Germans did not believe that they alone were responsible for the outbreak of the First World War.
    • Feelings of injustice
      • The German leaders did not feel that they alone had caused the war.
      • They felt that they should have been involved in treaty negotiations.
    • Loss of territory
      • The loss of territory was deeply resented by the German people
        • Some Germans were now living in countries ruled by foreign governments.
        • The Saar, an important industrial area was now controlled by the League, but had effectively been taken by France.
    • Reparations
      • Many Germans felt that these were unfair and that Germany could not afford to pay as its economy had been crippled by the cost of fighting the first World War.
    • The League of Nations
      • Germany felt further insulted by not being invited to join the League of Nations.


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