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The Treaty of Versailles

The Treaty of Versailles
A Reassessment after 75 Years

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Manfred F. Boemeke, Gerald D. Feldman, Elisabeth Glaser, Ronald Steel, Klaus Schwabe, David French, David Stevenson, Thomas J. Knock, Alan Sharp, Erik Goldstein, Georges-Henri Soutou, Lawrence E. Gelfand, Fritz Klein, Antony Lentin, Carole Fink, Stephen A. Schuker, Piotr S. Wandycz, Sally Marks, Niall Ferguson, Jon Jacobson, William R. Keylor, Antoine Fleury, Diane B. Kunz, Wolfgang J. Mommsen, William C. Widenor, Michael Graham Fry, Gordon Martel
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  • Date Published: December 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521621328

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  • This book on the Treaty of Versailles constitutes a new synthesis of peace conference scholarship. It illuminates events from the armistice in 1918 to the signing of the treaty in 1919, scrutinizing the motives, actions and constraints that informed decision-making by the French, American and English politicians who bore the principal responsibility for drafting the peace settlement. It also addresses German reactions to the draft treaty and the final agreement, as well as Germany's role in the immediate postwar period. The findings call attention to diverging peace aims within the American and Allied camps and underscore the degree to which the negotiators themselves considered the Versailles Treaty a work in progress. A detailed examination of the proceedings from the point of view of the main protagonists forms the core of the investigation.

    • The most recent and original scholarship on the Treaty of Versailles
    • Comparative scholarly analysis of a major episode in twentieth-century international relations
    • An up-to-date study, based on archival research as well as the extant literature, by the leading experts in the field
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    • Date Published: December 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521621328
    • length: 688 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction Manfred F. Boemeke, Gerald D. Feldman, and Elisabeth Glaser
    Prologue:
    1919–1945–1989 Ronald Steel
    Part I. Peace Planning and the Actualities of the Armistice:
    1. Germany's peace aims and the domestic and international constraints Klaus Schwabe
    2. 'Had we known how bad things were in Germany, we might have got stiffer terms': Great Britain and the German Armistice David French
    3. French war aims and peace planning David Stevenson
    4. Wilsonian concepts and international realities at the end of the war Thomas J. Knock
    5. A comment Alan Sharp
    Part II. The Peacemakers and their Home Fronts:
    6. Great Britain: the home front Erik Goldstein
    7. The French peacemakers and their home front Georges-Henri Soutou
    8. The American mission to negotiate peace: an historian looks back Lawrence E. Gelfand
    9. Between Compiègne and Versailles: the Germans on the way from a misunderstood defeat to an unwanted peace Fritz Klein
    10. A comment Antony Lentin
    Part III. The Reconstruction of Europe and the Settlement of Accounts:
    11. The Minorities question at the Paris Peace Conference: the Polish Minority Treaty, June 28, 1919 Carole Fink
    12. The Rhineland question: West European Security at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 Stephen A. Schuker
    13. The Polish question Piotr S. Wandycz
    14. Smoke and mirrors: in smoke-filled rooms and the Galeries des Glaces Sally Marks
    15. The making of the economic peace Elisabeth Glaser
    16. The balance of payments question: Versailles and after Niall Ferguson
    17. A comment Gerald D. Feldman
    Part IV. The Legacy and Consequences of Versailles:
    18. The Soviet Union and Versailles Jon Jacobson
    19. Versailles and international diplomacy William R. Keylor
    20. The League of Nations: toward a new appreciation of its history Antoine Fleury
    21. A comment Diane B. Kunz
    Part V. Antecedents and Aftermaths: Reflections on the War Guilt Question and the Settlement:
    22. Max Weber and the Peace Treaty of Versailles Wolfgang J. Mommsen
    23. The construction of the American interpretation: the pro-Treaty version William C. Widenor
    24. British revisionism Michael Graham Fry
    25. Woodrow Wilson's image of Germany, the war-guilt question, and the Treaty of Versailles Michael Graham Fry
    26. A comment Gordon Martel
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Manfred F. Boemeke, United Nations University Press, Tokyo

    Gerald D. Feldman, University of California, Berkeley

    Elisabeth Glaser, German Historical Institute

    Contributors

    Manfred F. Boemeke, Gerald D. Feldman, Elisabeth Glaser, Ronald Steel, Klaus Schwabe, David French, David Stevenson, Thomas J. Knock, Alan Sharp, Erik Goldstein, Georges-Henri Soutou, Lawrence E. Gelfand, Fritz Klein, Antony Lentin, Carole Fink, Stephen A. Schuker, Piotr S. Wandycz, Sally Marks, Niall Ferguson, Jon Jacobson, William R. Keylor, Antoine Fleury, Diane B. Kunz, Wolfgang J. Mommsen, William C. Widenor, Michael Graham Fry, Gordon Martel

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