By Charles L. Mee Jr.
World warfare I and the Versailles Treaty that produced the main severe upheaval in an extended and stormy process smooth global 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 20 th century. It was once 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 great mirrors, the chandeliers and white walls." Brockdorf-Rantzau was once extra bewildered through the treaty that was once offered to him - "a mass of move references and altered paragraphs" overlaying two hundred published pages and a hundred and forty articles. but not anyone had studied the record - no longer the barrel-chested, shrewd...
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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…. The plan is to intervene militarily along the periphery, together with [the White Russians] in order more effectively to isolate Greater Russia from the rest of the world….
By 1862, Clemenceau had attracted the attention of the police and was jailed for two months for organizing a pro-republican parade. When he was released from jail — more cautious if not at all subdued — he decided to leave Paris for a while, and he went to England where he met John Stuart Mill and arranged to translate Mill’s essays on Auguste Comte and positivism into French. He proposed marriage to a well-to-do young woman, Hortense Kestner, who was a year older than he was and who was not greatly attracted to him.
Nonetheless, in general terms, he was prepared to declare himself: some deputies might affect to disdain the vieux système of diplomacy — of securing the borders of one’s homeland, of maintaining a strong army, of arranging alliances so as to secure a balance of powers on the continent. ” And so, for the time being at least, France would see to her own defenses, would rely upon the time-tested devices of the old diplomacy to guarantee that more French lives would not soon need to be sacrificed, and would, at the same time, of course, “gladly” accept any other “supplementary” guarantees that might be made available.
1919 Versailles. The End of the War to End All Wars by Charles L. Mee Jr.