The Making of the Modern World.

Unit 2A - Germany 1918-1939

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The Treaty of Versailles, The Big Three

On the 11th November 1918, just two days after the Kaiser abdicated, Matthias Erzberger, representing the new government, signed the armistice - an agreement to stop fighting. - The allied leaders - David Lloyd George (Britain), George Clemenceau (France) and Woodrow Wilson (United States) - then drew up the peace treaty.

The leaders all wanted different things, Clemenceau wanted Germany to pay, Wilson wanted to form the League of Nations where countries are united in peace, while Lloyd George said he wanted Germany to pay to please the British people, however he wanted justice.

The Germans were given fifteen days to respond to the treaty. It said Germany had to accept blame for starting the war, pay reperations to the allied nations of Britain, France, Italy and America and agree in reductions of German armed forces and land.

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