Treaty of Versailles

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In January 1919, following the defeat of the German-led Central Powers in World War I, delegates from the victorious Allied nations gathered in Paris to try to forge an enduring peace for the postwar world. The issues confronting the Paris peacemakers in the wake of the deadliest and most disruptive war up to that time were daunting. The five separate treaties produced by the Peace Conference, and particularly the most famous one the Treaty of Versailles with Germany, have been widely criticized over the years, ...

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Overview

In January 1919, following the defeat of the German-led Central Powers in World War I, delegates from the victorious Allied nations gathered in Paris to try to forge an enduring peace for the postwar world. The issues confronting the Paris peacemakers in the wake of the deadliest and most disruptive war up to that time were daunting. The five separate treaties produced by the Peace Conference, and particularly the most famous one the Treaty of Versailles with Germany, have been widely criticized over the years, primarily because they led to the rise of Nazi Germany and World War II a generation later. Nonetheless, faced with the overwhelming task of bringing order to a world shattered by four years of bitter fighting, the Paris delegates were convinced that they had fashioned a just and lasting peace.

Milestones in Modern world History introduces students to seminal historical events that helped shape the modern world. Bolstered by biographical sketches, illustrations, photographs, excerpts from primary source documents, and first-person narratives, this curriculum-based series is ideal for students writing reports.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604132779
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Milestones in Modern World History Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,218,889
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 "Easier to Make War than Peace" 7

2 The Roots of World War I 11

3 A War to End All Wars 23

4 The Peace Conference Begins 37

5 Forging a German Settlement 52

6 Reaction to the Treaty 66

7 The Peacemakers and Germany's Allies 79

8 The Peacemakers' Legacy 94

Chronology and Timeline 107

Notes 110

Bibliography 112

Further Resources 114

Picture Credits 115

Index 116

About the Author 120

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