The Versailles Treaty

Apocalypse : la Première Guerre mondiale - Episode 5 : Delivrance (english version)

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Who signed the Versailles Treaty ?

In order to avoid others conflicts in the world, Americans, French and British create the League of Nations. Juin 28th 1919, five years day to day after the assassination in Sarajevo, delegates from all the nations that were war with Germany sit down together. They are ready to sign the peace treaty at the Castle of Versailles. The german representatives must sign the Treaty of Versailles which is imposed by the victors. The allies divide up german colonies among themselves and impose harsh war reparations. The Treaty has many critics, the renowned british economist, John Maynard Keynes, writes: "If we take the view that Germany must be kept poverish, and her children starve, vengeance, I dare predict, will not limp". But for Clemenceau, what matters above all is the return of Alsace-Lorraine to France. It's the end of the austro-hungarian empire,Germany is divided in two by the polish corridor, Dantzig, intented to give Poland the access to the sea. Russia is excluded from the treaty. After a bloody civil war, it becomes the Soviet Union, the USSR. Americans are hostile to the treaty and Congress failes to ratify it, considering that this treaty does not spell peace but war.

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Réalisateur : Isabelle Clarke, Daniel Costelle

Producteur : CC&C, idéacom International Inc

Production : 2013

Publié le - Mis à jour le 25-03-2019