The Versailles Settlement, at the time of its creation a vital part of the Paris Peace Conference, suffers today from a poor reputation: despite its lofty aim to settle the world’s affairs at a stroke, it is widely considered to have paved the way for a second major global conflict within a generation. Woodrow Wilson’s controversial principle of self-determination amplified political complexities in the Balkans, and the war and its settlement bear significant responsibility for boundaries and related conflicts in today’s Middle East. After almost a century, the settlement still casts a long shadow.
This revised and updated edition of The Consequences of the Peace sets the ramifications of the Paris Peace treatiesfor good or illwithin a long-term context. Alan Sharp presents new materials in order to argue that the responsibility for Europe’s continuing interwar instability cannot be wholly attributed to the peacemakers of 1919–23. Marking the centenary of World War I and the approaching centenary of the Peace Conference itself, this book is a clear and concise guide to the global legacy of the Versailles Settlement.
About the Author
Alan Sharp is provost of the Coleraine campus at the University of Ulster and an internationally recognized expert on the Treaty of Versailles.
Table of Contents
Series Introduction ix
1 The Peace Settlements: Versailles, An Overview 9
2 The German Problem 41
3 The League of Nations and the United Nations 71
4 National Self-Determination: Wilson's Troublesome Principle 99
5 Minority Protection, Disarmament and International Law 133
6 Ideology and the American Century 171
Conclusion: 'The Peace to end Peace' 211
Picture Sources 304