Chapter

Drafting the treaty

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/9780190644987.003.0004

Series: Very Short Introductions

Drafting the treaty

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Although primarily a diplomatic document, the Treaty of Versailles covered a wide range of subjects. Many of the articles of the treaty had little to do with Germany. The point was to reestablish a new world order based on a shared understanding of global ideals. However, “Drafting the treaty” explains that the core of the treaty dealt with ways to reduce the power of the new Germany—reducing its territory and its military power. The treaty’s first part dealt with Wilson’s prized League of Nations, with the remainder of Part 1 and some of Part 2 of the treaty fixing Germany’s new borders. An important part involved the setting of Germany’s reparations payments.

Keywords: Treaty of Brest-Litovsk; League of Nations; Gustav Noske; Ottoman Empire; reparations; Jan Christiaan Smuts

Chapter.  5807 words.  Illustrated.

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

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