The War Guilt Clause

Monetary reparations were a hardship for the German economy.

Today, we will try to answer the question: Why was Germany blamed for the war?

In class, we reviewed the map from the end of the readings on Friday, and then took a look at Article 231 of the Treaty of Versailles, which squarely placed blame and responsibility for the war on Germany’s shoulders.  Then, students were asked to read a letter from Count Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau to Georges Clemenceau and annotate it as they go.   Students should focus on identifying what issues Brockdorff-Rantzau has with the Treaty of Versailles; what does he find unfair?

Annotations will be stamped and discussed tomorrow!