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In desperation, the first Weimar government led by Scheidemann resigned. The Allies were not prepared to negotiate, which obliged an embittered Reichstag finally to accept the Treaty of Versailles by 237 votes to 138 in June. This was because Germany simply did not have the military capacity to resist. And so, on 28 June 1919, the German representatives, led by Hermann Müller, signed the treaty in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles near Paris. The Treaty of Versailles was a compromise, but only in the sense that it was a compromise between the Allied powers.

Anti-Marxism: even more despised than democracy was the fear of communism. It was seen as a real threat to traditional values and the ownership of property and wealth – and when Russian communism was established, it reinforced the idea that communism was anti-German. • Authoritarianism: the extreme right favoured the restoration of some authoritarian, dictatorial regime – though in the early 1920s there was no real consensus on what kind of strong government and leadership would be established.

Georges Clemenceau He was an uncompromising French nationalist. He had been in his country twice when Germany had invaded and he was deeply influenced by the devastation from the war in northern France. He was motivated by revenge and he was determined to gain financial compensation and to satisfy France’s security concerns. His main aims were: • • • • to annex the Rhineland and to create a ‘buffer state’ to impose the major disarmament of Germany to impose heavy reparations in order to weaken Germany to get recompense from the damage of the war in order to finance rebuilding.

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