Treaty of Versailles Close Reading

Today we will be starting a new unit in which we will study the Treaty of Versailles and several related documents very closely in order to answer the following questions:

Can Peace Lead to War?

To examine this question, we will look at the following Supporting Questions:

  1. What did President Woodrow Wilson mean by ‘peace without victory’?
  2. What did Germany lose by signing the Treaty of Versailles?
  3. Why was Germany blamed for World War I?
  4. Did the German reparation payments stipulated in the Treaty of Versailles set the stage for World War II?
Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

Today, we’ll start off by reading two documents from United States President Woodrow Wilson.  This first is his speech called “Peace without Victory” to the U.S. Senate, nearly 2 years before the end of the war.  Then we’ll look at his “Fourteen Points,” to see how the two match up.  We read the speech in class today and we’ll take a look at the “Fourteen Points” tomorrow.