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First World War. The Versailles and Other Treaties: War Guilt and Reparations

Ian Brownlie

in International Law and the Use of Force by States

Published in print March 1963 | ISBN: 9780198251583
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681332 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198251583.003.0003
First World War. The Versailles and Other Treaties: War Guilt and Reparations

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In the period of the First World War and of the peace settlement and conferences of 1919–20, there were several indications of the development of increased sensitivity on the part of states to the use of force. The penalties clauses and reparations arrangements in the Versailles and other peace treaties made a significant literature on war guilt and the question of personal responsibility for acts of national policy. The question of responsibility for unjustified resort to war had become an issue which concerned ministries and statesmen; it was no longer the preserve of pacifists and idealists.

Keywords: First World War; Versailles; peace treaties; war guilt; reparations; national policy

Chapter.  2172 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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