Versailles 1919: A Centennial Perspective

Versailles 1919: A Centennial Perspective

by Alan Sharp


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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.

Fully revised and updated for the centennial of the Conference, Versailles 1919 sets the ramifications of the Paris Peace treaties—for good or ill—within a long-term context. Alan Sharp mounts a powerful argument that the responsibility for Europe’s continuing interwar instability cannot be wholly attributed to the peacemakers of 1919–23. Concise and convincing, Versailles 1919 is a clear guide to the global legacy of the Versailles Settlement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912208098
Publisher: Haus Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 540,706
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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

Introduction 1

1 The Peace Settlements: Versailles, An Overview 9

2 The German Problem 35

3 The League of Nations and the United Nations 57

4 National Self-Determination: Wilson's Troublesome Principle 77

5 Minority Protection, Disarmament and International Law 101

6 Ideology and the American Century 129

Conclusion 155

Notes 161

Acknowledgements 178

Bibliography 179

Picture Sources 191

Index 192

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