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part because as part of the Treaty, Germany had to take sole responsibility for causing World War I. The strengths of the Treaty was that the War ended! Germany also lost a great deal of territory to France, Belgium, Czechoslovakia and Poland. “Despite these losses, Germany's population still outnumbered France's by more than a three-to-two margin and had been growing at a faster rate for some time – both causes of alarm in France” (Goff, 2008. pg. 157). Poland gained there independence; which was actually Wilson's 13thPoint “called for an independent Poland, to include the territories indisputably Polish, with free and secure access to the sea” (Goff, 2008. pg. 158). The weaknesses of the Treaty; it created domestic opposition, and a failure to compromise subsequently the treaty gained very little congressional support. It is believed that if Woodrow Wilson had been more willing to compromise on the League, the senate would have approved the Treaty. Ultimately the United States never joined the League of Nations and refused to ratify the treaty. Both the Treaty of Versailles and Wilson's 14 Points, main goal was peace between the Nations. To break down the German power (demilitarization) and put some restraint on Germany's ability to later come back and start additional conflicts and to outline Germany's boundaries. Which we know was not entirely effective because of the second World War.
Week 4 Assignment ReferencesGoff, Richard (2008). Postwar Settlements and Europe in the 1920's. Retrieved from: The Twentieth Century and Beyond: A Global History: pg. 154-172New World Encyclopedia (4 April 2008) Fourteen Points. Retrieved from: encyclopedia.org/entry/Fourteen_PointsNew World Encyclopedia (4 April 2008) The Treaty of Versailles. Retrieved from:President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points (1918). Retrieved from: The Versailles Treaty of June 28, 1919. Retrieved from: