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

By Charles L. Mee Jr.

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

At 3 o'clock at the afternoon of may perhaps 7, 1919, the top of the German delegation to the Paris Peace convention entered a room within the Palace of Versailles and was once "dazzled and disoriented via the surprising explosion of solar mirrored within the significant mirrors, the chandeliers and white walls." Brockdorf-Rantzau was once extra bewildered by way of the treaty that was once offered to him - "a mass of go references and altered paragraphs" protecting two hundred revealed pages and a hundred and forty articles. but not anyone had studied the rfile - now not the barrel-chested, shrewd...

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He rose by the powers of his rhetoric. Everywhere he went as a student, he formed debating societies. At Princeton, he formed the “Liberal Debating Club,” composed a constitution for it, and was elected its prime minister; at law school at the University of Virginia, he joined the Jefferson Society, became its president, and revised its constitution; at Johns Hopkins, he urged the members of the Hopkins Literary Society to turn themselves into the “Hopkins House of Commons,” for which Wilson wrote a constitution; when he taught for a time at Wesleyan, he reorganized the students’ debating society for them, turned it into a “House of Commons,” and wrote a constitution for it.

Surely the time for socialist reforms had never seemed more propitious: social welfare legislation had been making great strides in Britain since the turn of the century; socialists had been working their way into positions of great influence in European parliaments; and the Russian Revolution announced that the day of complete transformation was at hand. The crowds that welcomed Wilson to Paris were not an anonymous mass; Clemenceau and Wilson, and the other politicians who were practiced at seeing such things, saw an unusually large, disproportionate number of workingmen, of socialists lining the streets.

Surely the time for socialist reforms had never seemed more propitious: social welfare legislation had been making great strides in Britain since the turn of the century; socialists had been working their way into positions of great influence in European parliaments; and the Russian Revolution announced that the day of complete transformation was at hand. The crowds that welcomed Wilson to Paris were not an anonymous mass; Clemenceau and Wilson, and the other politicians who were practiced at seeing such things, saw an unusually large, disproportionate number of workingmen, of socialists lining the streets.

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