What were the main provisions of the Treaty of Versailles?

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There were several provisions in the Treaty of Versailles. One provision required Germany to pay $33 billion in reparations to the Allies for the damages caused in World War I. The Allies wanted to make Germany pay for all the damages that occurred. A second provision limited Germany’s military to a defensive one. Germany was not allowed to have a military that could go on the offensive.

A third provision required Germany to accept responsibility for starting World War I. Even though Germany didn’t start the war, the Allies believed Germany could have prevented the war by not agreeing to support Austria-Hungary when they wanted to declare war on Serbia. A fourth provision of the treaty took land away from the Central Powers. The final major provision of the Versailles Treaty was to create the League of Nations. This organization would allow countries to have a place where they could discuss issues that were causing conflict. The hope was it would allow countries to resolve issues by discussing them instead of fighting over them.