Preserving the Peace, Undermining the Peace

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:
Preserving the Peace, Undermining the Peace

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The peace settlement achieved at Paris was fragile from its inception. Britain would not be a major supporter. The elimination of the German High Seas Fleet and the U-boats assuaged British security concerns, while the responsibilities of a global empire placed increasing demands on Britain's flagging energies. Immediately after the war, the Irish quest for independence provided a major distraction from continental affairs. Italy, largely because of its contention that its rewards did not match its losses in the war, was a problematic advocate for preservation of the peace. Germany, though exhausted and defeated, remained demographically and economically the main power in Europe. The Paris Diktat found few supporters there. Defeated by Germany in the war and shunned by the Entente Powers at Paris, Soviet Russia had little reason to support the peace settlement.

Keywords: peace settlement; Paris; Britain; High Seas; U-boats; Italy; Germany; Diktat; Entente Powers; Soviet Russia

Chapter.  5630 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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