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Peace Settlement

Richard C. Hall

in Consumed by War

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125589
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125589.003.0005
Peace Settlement

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The failed peace settlement of World War I had its origins in the aims of the belligerents. Both sides quickly framed their objectives in mainly geographic terms. At first no one envisioned a political or ideological alteration of Europe. Once the fighting began, the military dictated the course of events, not the diplomats, who had singularly failed in the summer of 1914. Fighting, not talking, determined the war aims. At the onset of the war, the Entente Powers sought to expand their territories in Europe and thus limit Germany and Austria-Hungary. The Belgians wanted to annex Luxembourg. Belgian expansion aroused little enthusiasm among the other Entente Powers, especially France. Belgium, Britain, France, and Portugal all aspired to parts of the German colonial empire.

Keywords: peace settlement; World War I; Entente Powers; Germany; Austria-Hungary; Belgium; Britain; France; Portugal; colonial empire

Chapter.  6616 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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