Paris peace conference
was signed on 11th November, 1918, it was agreed that there
would be a Peace Conference held in Paris to discuss the post-war world. Opened on
12th January 1919, meetings were held at various locations in and around Paris until
20th January, 1920.
Leaders of 32 states representing about 75% of the world's population, attended.
However, negotiations were dominated by the five major powers responsible for
Important figures in these negotiations included
Eventually five treaties emerged from the Conference that dealt with the defeated
powers. The five treaties were named after the Paris suburbs of
treaties imposed territorial losses, financial liabilities and military restrictions on all
members of the
George Clemenceau of
David Lloyd George of
Vittorio Orlando of
President Woodrow Wilson of the
The Big Four decided on making the
Treaty of Versailles
took away territory on Germany's borders. It also
forced Germany to be responsible for the war and to pay the countries reparations. Germany's military size also
decreased after the Treaty Of Versailles.
When the battles of the first World War concluded with an armistice between the
Allies and Germany on November 11, 1918,
the war was far from over. The
aggressor, Germany, was still largely intact, while France, as one of the Allied victors,
had to deal with massive territorial damage. Borders needed to be redrawn as a result
of wartime occupations and newly formed countries. Perhaps most importantly, the
issue of how to prevent such wars in the future needed to be dealt with.
statesmen gathered in Paris for months to discuss these questions and other smaller,