II. The 1919 Paris Peace Conference II

II. The 1919 Paris Peace Conference II - The 1919 Paris...

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The 1919 Paris Peace Conference Without a solution in Russia, the settlement of Poland was only partial, with the eastern border remaining undefined. In the west, Poland gained large German territories where two-thirds (2/3) of the population was Polish (East Prussia, Silesia). The harbor city of Danzig, with a German population, was to have international status.
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Attention The Polish claims on Danzig and Upper Silesia were not accepted by Britain which did not want a strong Poland to contribute to French dominance in Europe. Britain also wants to keep Danzig harbor open to British merchant marine and knew Germany needs Silesian coal.
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Outside Europe, Germany’s former African and Pacific Ocean colonies were easily redistributed under the cover of the mandate system between Britain and its Dominions, France, Belgium, and Japan. In the Near East, British policy wanted to decide the fate of the former Ottoman territories. The Franco-British agreements of 1916 called for dividing the Arab countries between France and Britain, with inner Syria going to the emir of Hedjaz, Hüseyin. Lloyd George demanded the revision of these accords, giving the oil-rich territory of Mosul to Britain instead of France.
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Italy had been promised part of southern Anatolia and also the area of Izmir having a Greek minority. Lloyd George demanded the revision of the accord in order to give that area to Greece in spite of loud protests of Italy. The main question was that of Istanbul and of the
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This note was uploaded on 08/06/2009 for the course INTERNATIO INT taught by Professor Isikgurleyen during the Spring '09 term at Izmir University of Economics.

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