Amante, Cherina Anne O.
Mr. Takamichi Serizawa, PhD.
February 1, 2016
Reaction Paper (The Treaty of Versailles documentary)
During our class in Introduction to Global Society, our professor, Mr. Serizawa, let us watch a BBC Four documentary about the Treaty of Versailles and how it came to be. The documentary starts with explicitly telling that the treaty of Versailles that aimed to make a lasting peace with Germany, failed. The failure was due to the differences of goals of the 3 big powerful people or ‘the peacemakers’, namely; Georges Clemenceau, the Prime Minister of France; Woodrow Wilson, the President of America; and David Lloyd ...view middle of the document...
But both his main Allied colleagues were not in favor of the Fourteen points that Wilson made. In my opinion, I think that the treaty of Versailles was doomed at the point when it was revealed in the documentary that Wilson, Clemenceau, and George had different interests in which path for the treaty to take. It was also devastating that the treaty not only failed in making a long lasting peace with Germany, but also paved the way for the Second World War to start. I also believed that the treaty posed some sense of unfairness on Germany’s side since the treaty required only Germany to pay a large amount of sum for the reparations. It seemed unfair that Germany was the only country to literally pay the price for the aftermath of the war. I also believed that the harshness of the requirements contributed to the failure of the treaty. The treaty ultimately felt more like a revenge plot for France and Great Britain to get Germany under their reigns than a peace treaty. The treaty seemed to punish Germany more rather than to make a peace settlement amongst the countries involved in WWI.
Letting one’s feelings affect one’s judgment when making decisions is one of the main lessons that can be taken away from watching the documentary. Clemenceau’s judgment was clouded when he was deciding, along with his colleagues, the components of the supposed peace treaty. He wanted only Germany to pay for the damage done to his people during the war. His main interest was to weaken Germany, so France would not be susceptible to invasions ever again.