Witnesses to the Treaty of Versailles, including Arnold Toynbee and the German representative to the peace talks, discuss the harsh terms of the Treaty and the consequences it will have for Germany and Europe in future years. They mention that the Treaty will bankrupt Germany and severely impair its ability to conduct reparations in the aftermath of the war. German representatives are also outraged that the Treaty requires Germany to accept blame for the war.
King Faisal and T.E. Lawrence present the Arab view at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Faisal reminds the Allied Powers that the Arabs were promised a state of their own and fought alongside the allies for that purpose. The secret Sykes-Picot treaty had already carved up the lands Faisal was hoping to unite between the French and British, and he asks the Allied Powers to keep their word.
This clip gives some background and an overview of World War I. It states that the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand started the war and that the conflict spread across the world, involving 30 countries and 65 million soldiers. It puts into perspective the scale of the conflict and offers some fun facts, such as a soccer game between the German and British troops near Ypres, Belgium. Finally, it indicates how the Treaty of Versailles' destabilized the region, which helped Adolf Hitler rise to power.