The Consequences of the Treaty of Versailles

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The Consequences of the Treaty
of Versailles 1919
Learning Objectives:
Learning Route:
• Fully understand and be able to evaluate1. Recap last lesson + video
2.
Video2 + complete starter activity
the terms of the Treaty.
on TofV – factors
• Assess how fair the Treaty of Versailles was
3.
Individuals
• Evaluate how far the Treaty of Versailles 4. How fair?
5.
Video 3 – rise of hitler, what
contributed to instability in Europe?
position is Europe in now?
video
Recap of Last Lesson
• Last lesson we looked at the terms of the Treaty
of Versailles and prioritised them.
• In small groups we then looked at the reaction of
the key powers to the treaty.
• We then investigated some of the consequences
of the treaty, focusing on the economic problems
that Germany faced due to it, most notably
HYPERINFLATION and MASS UNEMPLOYMENT.
Task:
Evaluate your own understanding of the above points. Draw a confidence scale to
show where YOU are in understanding them (10-1)
10
1
Video 2
The Consequences of the Treaty of
Versailles 1919
There were Economic, Social and Political consequences
to the Treaty of Versailles 1919 for both the people in
Germany and ultimately the whole of Europe. This
activity is an historical enquiry task to investigate and
categorise those consequences. Video 2
Task:
Categorise each of the following 12 statements using the
following headings:
ECONOMIC POLITICAL
SOCIAL
ANGER
SHAME
DESPAIR
OTHER?
The treaty meant that
New countries like
The Money that the
many Germans now lived in Czechoslovakia were
German (Weimar)
different countries
created out of German land government created was
worthless, creating
Hyperinflation
The German government
could not afford to pay the
reparations to France and
Belgium
The War Guilt clause
angered many Germans.
They did not feel that they
were singularly responsible
for the war.
Poland a new country
divided Germany
People lost all their savings. The German government
(During Hyperinflation
printed more money to pay
simple things like bread
the reparations
cost up to a Billion
Deutschmarks.)
Germany became
dependent on foreign
powers due to the Dawes
Plan. This angered many
Germans.
The Treaty of Versailles
made it impossible for
Germany to have any army.
This left them feeling
helpless and vulnerable.
Most of Germany’s natural
industrial resources were in
Alsace Lorraine, which
became part of France.
Due to deep poverty and
massive social tensions,
many ordinary Germans felt
desperate enough to turn
to extreme politics
How fair was the Treaty of Versailles?
Task:
Using the Handy Hand technique, assess whether the Treaty of Versailles
was fair. You have 15 minutes to complete this task. You should include as
many facts as you can to support your answer
On the one hand, the First World War
had been unbelievably COSTLY.
Millions of people had been killed,
whole towns and villages had been
obliterated wiping out FAMILIES AND
livelihoods.
Many people in France and Britain felt
that GERMANY SHOULD PAY.
On the other hand, there was
little sense in alienating
Germany and FORCING THEM
TO RESENT THE ALLIES.
Rise of Extremism
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make Germany pay
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