1919 Versailles. The End of the War to End All Wars by Charles L. Mee Jr.

By Charles L. Mee Jr.

World warfare I and the Versailles Treaty that produced the main critical upheaval in a protracted and stormy process glossy global historical past. 4 nice empires - Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Russia - have been a part of the war's rubble. faraway from restoring the area to reserve, the diplomats who met in 1919 at Paris and Versailles plunged the area back, this time irretrievably, into the chaos of the 20th century. It was once the tip of order.

At 3 o'clock at the afternoon of may well 7, 1919, the pinnacle of the German delegation to the Paris Peace convention entered a room within the Palace of Versailles and used to be "dazzled and disoriented by means of the unexpected explosion of sun mirrored within the significant mirrors, the chandeliers and white walls." Brockdorf-Rantzau used to be additional bewildered through the treaty that was once provided to him - "a mass of go references and altered paragraphs" protecting two hundred revealed pages and one hundred forty articles. but not anyone had studied the record - no longer the barrel-chested, shrewd...

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Four great empires had fallen — the German, Austro-Hungarian, Turkish or Ottoman, and the Russian — and the Allied armies still fought on in Russia against the Bolsheviks, trying vainly to restore the White Russians to rule. The collapse of these empires gave birth to the great political drama that commenced at the Paris Peace Conference and continues to rage today: the conflict among the major powers to move into the old imperial domains — and the struggle of the other nations to win independence altogether from imperialism.

She sent off the note and waited for Wilson to reply. But, having seduced her with eloquence, he now became completely passive, and waited for her to act. “The day passed,” she said, “with no word or reply… the next day and the next followed, and I felt humiliated and hurt. About noon of that third day Dr. ” Gray son asked her somberly to come to the White House. When she entered Wilson’s bedroom in the White House, the curtains “were drawn and the room dark; on the pillow I saw a white, drawn face with burning eyes dark with hidden pain.

And, while Wilson exerted this external pressure, the socialists believed, they would exert the internal political pressure. On December 27, Clemenceau was forced to go before Parliament to request 10 billion francs for the civil and military budget for the first quarter of 1919. The socialists seized on the moment to ensnare Clemenceau in a debate on his foreign policy, to force him to speak about his intentions at the peace conference, to make him commit himself to a Wilsonian policy at the conference.

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