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More about this resource
- This resource is of potential interest to students studying History, Politics and Economics.
- Paris Peace Conference and Beyond 1919-1939 provides a comprehensive coverage of the various peace treaties signed at the end of the First World War.
- The Treaties of Versailles, Saint-Germain, Sevres, Trianon, Neuilly and Lausanne are all covered in great depth.
- Sourced from the National Archives (UK) and British Library, the collection includes over 51,000 images and the personal papers of Lord Robert Cecil and Sir Arthur Balfour.
- The diplomats who convened the Paris Peace Conference intended to formally end the First World War and establish a more stable international order. The resulting Treaty of Versailles was an ambitious attempt to realise these designs, forcing Germany to accept responsibility for the war, give up its colonies, pay reparations, cede vast swathes of its core territory, and disarm. It also established the League of Nations.
- This volume contains an assortment of Foreign Office documents relating to these aspects of the conference and treaty, from minutes and agendas of proceedings to handbooks and correspondence.
- There is ample documentation on the relationship between the triumphant Allied powers, while students of economic history will find the reflections of John Maynard Keynes of particular interest.
- Cabinet Office records from the Lausanne Conference of 1932, which suspended reparation payments, are included. These offer an insight into the eventual failure of the Versailles settlement.
Professor Gaynor Johnson was on the editorial board, and described the resource as:
” .. a major development in the availability of British papers relating to that seminal event in twentieth century international history. Its wide ranging content, covering all of the treaties signed, will be of considerable value to anyone interested in the diplomatic consequences of the First World War.”
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