Why did the Treaty of Versailles punish Germany?  

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Germany was accused of starting the war and civilians from the countries forming the Allies piled pressure on their representatives to have Germany punished for the war. The Allies felt strongly that Germany was responsible for the damage caused by the war and should be held accountable by paying reparations.

It is important to note that Germany was not punished because it supported Austria-Hungary. In fact, Austria-Hungary was the aggrieved party because the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip. Diplomatic relations between Austria-Hungary and Serbia deteriorated. Russia began military mobilization in support of Serbia. The situation forced Germany to ask Russia to demobilize. Russia rejected Germany’s request to demobilize, forcing Germany to declare war on Russia in support of Austria-Hungary. Russia, sensing...

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