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How did the Treaty of Versailles punish Germany?

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The Germans were forced to accept guilt for starting the war. This was highly debatable in light of events in the summer of 1914, but it served as justification for the harsh punishments assessed in the rest of the Treaty of Versailles. These included:

  • Germany was stripped of territories, including Alsace-Lorraine, which the Germans had conquered from France during the Franco-Prussian War, their moment of national unification in the 1870s. This...

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