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War to end war?

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/9780190644987.003.0006

Series: Very Short Introductions

War to end war?

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The world that the Treaty of Versailles left behind looked anything but peaceful. Even as the ceremonies at Versailles were taking place, the Russian Civil War was threatening to engulf Europe in a war of ideologies. “War to end war?” considers the place of the Treaty of Versailles in the history of peacemaking, the numerous problems of enforcing the terms of the treaty, and the many repercussions of the document, including the war between the Soviet Union and Poland, the failure of Germany to make reparation payments, and the American Senate’s rejection of the League of Nations. Ultimately, the treaty failed to reflect or take into account the massive changes that the war had unleashed.

Keywords: Potsdam Conference; Elihu Root; Ruhr Valley; Russian Civil War; Treaty of Sèvres; Treaty of Versailles

Chapter.  5532 words.  Illustrated.

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

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