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

By Charles L. Mee Jr.

World battle I and the Versailles Treaty that produced the main critical upheaval in an extended and stormy process sleek 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 20 th century. It was once the tip of order.

At 3 o'clock at the afternoon of may possibly 7, 1919, the top of the German delegation to the Paris Peace convention entered a room within the Palace of Versailles and used to be "dazzled and disoriented through the unexpected explosion of solar mirrored within the monstrous mirrors, the chandeliers and white walls." Brockdorf-Rantzau was once additional bewildered by means of the treaty that was once awarded to him - "a mass of move references and adjusted paragraphs" masking 2 hundred published pages and a hundred and forty articles. but nobody had studied the record - no longer the barrel-chested, shrewd...

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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.

But at table — my father wasn’t a man who attached great importance to the pleasures of the table — he spoke largely of his reading, enunciated his philosophy in fits and starts and, little by little, I absorbed it. He used to talk about Danton. ” His father was a medical doctor whose father and grandfather had been doctors and small landowners. ” The Clemenceaus lived in the country, in the Vendée, rugged farmland facing the Atlantic, country of hedgerows, stone cottages, conservative and Catholic.

THE TIGER Georges Clemenceau stepped forward — a short, powerful man with a solid, square body, short legs, a barrel chest, freckles, age seventy-eight. He resembled, one of the Americans said, “in face and figure a Chinese mandarin of the old empire…. ” He wore, as he always wore, indoors and out, morning and night, at work or at the dinner table, a pair of gray suede gloves when he reached out, as he approached the president, and firmly grasped both of Wilson’s hands. Clemenceau was born in 1841, and from earliest childhood he had no close friends; he almost never mentioned his mother; he found his brothers and sisters tedious; he preferred books that were scientific or, at least, rationalist.

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