1919 Versailles. The End of the War to End All Wars by Charles L. Mee Jr. PDF
By Charles L. Mee Jr.
World conflict I and the Versailles Treaty that produced the main critical upheaval in a protracted and stormy process glossy international historical past. 4 nice empires - Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Russia - have been a part of the war's rubble. faraway from restoring the realm to reserve, the diplomats who met in 1919 at Paris and Versailles plunged the area back, this time irretrievably, into the chaos of the 20th century. It used to be the tip of order.
At 3 o'clock at the afternoon of could 7, 1919, the pinnacle of the German delegation to the Paris Peace convention entered a room within the Palace of Versailles and was once "dazzled and disoriented by way of the surprising explosion of solar mirrored within the enormous mirrors, the chandeliers and white walls." Brockdorf-Rantzau was once additional bewildered by means of the treaty that was once provided to him - "a mass of pass references and adjusted paragraphs" overlaying two hundred published pages and a hundred and forty articles. but not anyone had studied the rfile - now not the barrel-chested, shrewd...
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Clemenceau, who had been silent until that moment, interrupted. The government had no thought of interfering in the internal affairs of Russia. The government’s policy was merely to ensure a continued cordon sanitaire, to keep bolshevism from spreading into Europe. Lafont was taken with the expression cordon sanitaire, an expression that had been used in the French newspapers but not in the chamber of deputies. “Let us call things by their real name,” he shot back at Clemenceau. “It is a blockade….
His conviction in the force of language, and his unusual talent for using it, moved others along with him: the sentiments he expressed were fine and ennobling; he believed in their truth and he communicated to his audiences his conviction that what he said could be made to come to pass. Even as a young man at the University of Virginia, he drew such large audiences to hear his speeches that his appearances in debates often had to be scheduled in larger halls in order to accommodate the crowds. He debated, he spoke, he read poetry, he wrote letters, and he practiced, every day, his techniques of elocution and composition.
For Austria-Hungary, whose fragile collection of Hungarians, Poles, Slavs, Rumanians, and others, was stirring against the central government, an external enemy was a godsend. Meanwhile, in North Africa, Morocco and Algeria jostled with one another. Algeria was a French colony, Morocco a place where French and German businessmen competed. When competition led to crisis, and crisis almost to war, and Britain backed the French, the Germans concluded that the French and British were joined in conspiracy to prevent Germany from gaining colonies.
1919 Versailles. The End of the War to End All Wars by Charles L. Mee Jr.