The Treaty of Versailles: A Reassessment after 75 Years

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This book on the Treaty of Versailles constitutes a new synthesis of peace conference scholarship. It illuminates events from the armistice in 1918 to the signing of the treaty in 1919, and scrutinizes the motives, actions, and constraints that informed decision making by the French, American, and English politicians who bore the principal responsibility for drafting the peace settlement. It also addresses German reactions to the draft treaty and the final agreement. A detailed examination of the proceedings from the point of view of the main protagonists forms the core of the investigation.
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"Representing as it does the best in contemporary scholarship, this volume should deal a death blow to the older view.... An important work that should be in all academic libraries." Choice

"For those seeking to understand the tough realities of building a new world order, this volume will be fascinating to explore." Foreign Affairs

"This is an altogether admirable purpose, and the essays in this volume are for the most part models of scholarship, their arguments backed up by voluminous footnotes based on government and private archives and the vast amount of published evidence that has become available over the past half century." Norman Rich, Central European History

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction Manfred F. Boemeke, Gerald D. Feldman, and Elisabeth Glaser; Prologue: 1919–1945–1989 Ronald Steel; Part I. Peace Planning and the Actualities of the Armistice: 1. Germany's peace aims and the domestic and international constraints Klaus Schwabe; 2. 'Had we known how bad things were in Germany, we might have got stiffer terms': Great Britain and the German Armistice David French; 3. French war aims and peace planning David Stevenson; 4. Wilsonian concepts and international realities at the end of the war Thomas J. Knock; 5. A comment Alan Sharp; Part II. The Peacemakers and their Home Fronts: 6. Great Britain: the home front Erik Goldstein; 7. The French peacemakers and their home front Georges-Henri Soutou; 8. The American mission to negotiate peace: an historian looks back Lawrence E. Gelfand; 9. Between Compiègne and Versailles: the Germans on the way from a misunderstood defeat to an unwanted peace Fritz Klein; 10. A comment Antony Lentin; Part III. The Reconstruction of Europe and the Settlement of Accounts: 11. The Minorities question at the Paris Peace Conference: the Polish Minority Treaty, June 28, 1919 Carole Fink; 12. The Rhineland question: West European Security at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 Stephen A. Schuker; 13. The Polish question Piotr S. Wandycz; 14. Smoke and mirrors: in smoke-filled rooms and the Galeries des Glaces Sally Marks; 15. The making of the economic peace Elisabeth Glaser; 16. The balance of payments question: Versailles and after Niall Ferguson; 17. A comment Gerald D. Feldman; Part IV. The Legacy and Consequences of Versailles: 18. The Soviet Union and Versailles Jon Jacobson; 19. Versailles and international diplomacy William R. Keylor; 20. The League of Nations: toward a new appreciation of its history Antoine Fleury; 21. A comment Diane B. Kunz; Part V. Antecedents and Aftermaths: Reflections on the War Guilt Question and the Settlement: 22. Max Weber and the Peace Treaty of Versailles Wolfgang J. Mommsen; 23. The construction of the American interpretation: the pro-Treaty version William C. Widenor; 24. British revisionism Michael Graham Fry; 25. Woodrow Wilson's image of Germany, the war-guilt question, and the Treaty of Versailles Michael Graham Fry; 26. A comment Gordon Martel; Bibliography; Index.
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