1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars [NOOK Book]

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World War I and the Versailles Treaty that followed produced the most serious upheaval in a long and stormy course of modern world history. Four great empires - Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Russia - were part of the war's rubble. Far from restoring the world to order, the diplomats who met in 1919 at Paris and Versailles plunged the world again, this time irretrievably, into the chaos of the twentieth century. It was the end of order.
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Overview

World War I and the Versailles Treaty that followed produced the most serious upheaval in a long and stormy course of modern world history. Four great empires - Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Russia - were part of the war's rubble. Far from restoring the world to order, the diplomats who met in 1919 at Paris and Versailles plunged the world again, this time irretrievably, into the chaos of the twentieth century. It was the end of order.

At three o'clock on the afternoon of May 7, 1919, the head of the German delegation to the Paris Peace Conference entered a room in the Palace of Versailles and was "dazzled and disoriented by the sudden explosion of sunlight reflected in the vast mirrors, the chandeliers and white walls." Brockdorf-Rantzau was further bewildered by the treaty that was presented to him - "a mass of cross references and changed paragraphs" covering 200 printed pages and 140 articles. Yet no one had studied the document - not the barrel-chested, shrewd, ferocious Georges Clemenceau, commonly called The Tiger; not the mercurial and crafty Lloyd George; and not Woodrow Wilson, the orator who looked like a Presbyterian minister and had been hailed as the Savior of Europe.

Here is what happened when the three most powerful heads of state gathered to establish a new order.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148211433
  • Publisher: New Word City
  • Publication date: 2/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 20,438
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Charles L. Mee, Jr., is the author of a dozen books of history, on such subjects as the origins of the Cold War, summit diplomacy, and the American Constitutional Convention. He was for some years the editor-in-chief of Horizon, a magazine of history, literature, and the arts. In recent years, he has written several dozen plays, which have been produced in New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul, and southern India, among other places around the world. Among his many honors, he has received the award for lifetime achievement in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Gripping Account This is the second book I've read by Charles M

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    This is the second book I've read by Charles Mee (the first was The Deal, about how Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt remade the world after World War II). He is a talented writer. In this book, he takes us behind the scenes to the Paris peace talks that ended World War I. He does a masterful job of portraying the key players. This reads like a novel. Highly recommended.

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