The Paris Peace Conference, 1919 Parts One and Two

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The Paris Peace Conference, 1919 Parts One and Two Wednesday, March 2 nd / 2011 Fundamentally unfair caricatures of the actual characters at the peace conference (with the way they reacted, etc) Clemenceau was not quite the rigid champion of internal France (on Franco-German relations) that he was seen Woodrow Wilson – survived the Keynesian – he was an idealist – he believed in consequences for international criminality The most unfair and inaccurate of the portraits painted by the critics of Versailles was that of David Lloyd- George (far from humiliating the Germans, etc) – he was in many ways the primary architect of the moderation and compromises The first principle that the allies had to agree was a legal one – they were advised that to be able to charge Germane reparations, they would have to conform to an agreement – Article 231 of the Treaty of Versailles (the War-Guilt Clause) When the German delegates presented the treaty (June 1919) – told to accept it or expect a renewal of the hostilities – they wanted this altered Even Wilson found the German initial refusal incomprehensible “Today, they are still declaring that it is not they who caused the war – this attitude is unbelievable” It wasn’t over the principle, but the actual amount by the Germans was the main issue amongst the ally coalition Keynes was right when he said that it didn’t support the economic side of things Kents argument: for Germany to be able to pay economic reparations on any level, those same state would have had to have been willing to accept a level of imports from Germany that their own business
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course HISTORY 103 taught by Professor D.smyth during the Spring '10 term at University of Toronto.

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