Case Study #2 Versailles-the Allies' "Last Horrible Triumph".Docx

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Case Study 2
Contemporary History
Prof. Xxxxx Xxxx

1. According to the authors of Germany's complaint, how will various provisions of the treaty hurt Germany's economy?
The Treaty of Versailles represented the agreement signed after the culmination of World War I. The article explains how Germany was to blame for the events that took place in the time of War. According to the authors of the Comments of the German Delegation to the Paris Peace Conference on the Conditions of Peace, the Treaty will damage Germany's international commerce as well as its domestic commerce because of the confiscated German goods that in turn will be used to pay the reparations, instead of being returned to the German people. The also authors cites the surrender of German territory, such as Alsace-Lorraine, as another provision that will critically harm the Germany economy. Due to the Treaty, Germany was basically transformed into a ‘prisoner of debt’ in front of the other European countries.
2. In Germany's view, how would the country have been treated differently if the principles they attribute to President Wilson had been applied?
When faced with the fact that Germany may have to face serious economic heartaches for quite some time after the Treaty was settled and signed, the Germans also revealed how President Wilson’s idea of peace was no longer valid. According to the authors, Germany would not have been required to take full blame for starting World War I, as President Wilson admitted that no single fact caused the War. Wilson also argued for a peace based on equality and participation in a common benefit, which the Germans take to mean that they would not have to surrender control of their rivers to an international body or allow foreign authorities to build canals and railroads on their land.
3. To what higher "fundamental laws" does the document appeal to in order to strengthen German assertions?
The authors, in the start of the article, base their...