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Why the Treaty of Versailles failed

Why the Treaty of Versailles failed
Key Info
  • Why the Treaty of Versailles failed
  • Duration: 03:32
  • The footage looks at the reasons why Germans felt the Treaty of Versailles was unfair, feelings that were embodied in a German cartoon of the 1920s. There was a lack of negotiation, wrecking of the economy by reparations and the unfair redrawing of the map of Europe that did not allow the self-determination promised in Wilson's Fourteen Points to be applied to Germans. Comments from Fritz Thyssen, German industrialist.
  • Credits: Transit Films, Abamedia LP,ITN Source, Britsh Pathe/ ITN Source, Film Archive Austria, Abamedia LP
  • Subject:



    International Relations: 1918-1939

  • Keywords: Treaty of Versailles, German self-determination, 14 Points, Woodrow Wilson, Georges Clemenceau, isolationism, Fritz Thyssen, Harold Nicholson, Weimar Republic
Ideas for use in class
  • The inclusion of both German and British cartoons from the period allows the evaluation of cartoons as a form of evidence. Analysis of ways in which those at the time had concerns about the Treaty, centred on US retreat to isolationism, fate of Clemenceau and the comments of Fritz Thyssen and Harold Nicholson on why the Treaty was unsatisfactory.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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