History KS3 / KS4: What was agreed at the Treaty of Versailles?

Dan Snow examines the discussions and agreements that led to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

Looking at the different sections of the Treaty, such as land Germany lost to neighbouring countries, loss of their armed forced, the War Guilt Clause leading to the reparations agreed at £6 billion.

He discusses the impact on Germany and considers what the long-term consequences of the treaty were feared to be- even at the time it was signed and David Lloyd George’s fear of another war in the future.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

Could be used as part of a sequence of lessons looking at the terms of the Treaty.

Students could look at the background to each of the ‘Big 3’ at Versailles (Britain, France and USA) and decide what each country might want from the Treaty, given how they had been affected by the events of the War.

The clip could then be used to show what happened before students evaluate who would be most satisfied with the Treaty and why Lloyd-George might have feared another war as a result of the Versailles agreement.

Key Stage 4

Could be used as part of a lesson looking at interpretations of the Treaty of Versailles.

Students could look at different sources about the Treaty, then watch this clip.

They could compare it to cartoons and interpretations to see which ones Lloyd- George’s perspective is closest matched to.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England Wales and Northern Ireland.

Also at 3rd Level, 4th Level, National 4/National 5 and Higher in Scotland.