World War 1 treaties

World War 1 treaties - World War I: Peace Treaties Flu of...

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World War I: Peace Treaties Flu of 1918 --everytime the US is in a war, more people die from disease than in combat; at the time of the flu, there wasn't any great attention being paid to it (there was too much going on); no disease has ever affected so many people as this flu, killed 2.5% of its victim (most deadly disease mankind has ever seen) 30 years 25 mil for AIDS 24 weeks 50-100 mil dead for this Flu; its origins are a little unclear, but once the disease started, it spread quickly through both soldier and civilian populations (transport, especially ships where soldiers were cramped in so they could go fight in Europe, allowed it to travel quickly); this flu killed everyone in their 20s and 30s who were the more resilient of the people; the flu was so vicious that peoples lungs filled with liquid and they suffocated-- had a decisive influence on the war (commanders on both sides had to postpone battles because so many soldiers had come down with the flu); doctors do not know how it started, but by 1919 it had run its course Peace Treaties: each of the Allied powers (Britain, France, US. ..Italy doesn't count) come to the peace conference, and each have different ideas about what they want. French want Alsace and Lorraine back. France wanted a weak Germany (would threaten them). British wanted to create a fundamentally just settlement. Americans were very idealistic. Butt heads on where to hold the conference (Britain&US want somewhere that was never involved in the war, but French wouldn't agree, they wanted the treaty signed in France-- goes back to Franco-Prussian War), and finally they settle on Paris . Each power sends a delegation, led by a major leader: US: Woodrow Wilson --full of good intentions and expect that all his partners are going to share his good will, didn't want to see Germany destroyed, the US was the only country that never tried to demand territory or money from those who had been vanquished; French Premier George Clemenceau : was the president of the conference, and the dominant figure, and wanted that might makes right (militarily those who had won, they had the right to make the peace)-Clemenceau is a realist (aggravated Wilson), an extreme patriot (prime concern was what would be best for France); British Prime Minister David Lloyd George : wanted to maintain British superiority at sea and British colonial empire, other than that, he wanted a just peace. Believed that he had the right to make peace because they had won, but he wanted to
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course WOH 1030 taught by Professor Carney during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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