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From war to armistice to peace conference

Michael S. Neiberg

in The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print April 2019 | ISBN: 9780190644987
Published online March 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190645014 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780190644987.003.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

From war to armistice to peace conference

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“From war to armistice to peace conference” outlines the events that took place from the summer of 1918, when it became clear that the Germans could not win the war, to the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, and the Paris peace conference in early 1919. It describes the attempts of Allied supreme commander Ferdinand Foch to draw up an armistice to end the military phase of the war and the tension between the generals and the politicians. Both international and domestic politics played an important role in shaping the Paris conference, with the growing threat of Bolshevism and elections in the United States and the United Kingdom threatening to complicate matters.

Keywords: armistice; Bolshevism; Ferdinand Foch; David Lloyd George; Paris Peace Conference; Woodrow Wilson

Chapter.  5138 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: First World War ; Use of Force, War, Peace and Neutrality ; Law of Treaties ; History of Law

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