The War to End All Wars? Peace after WWI – for March 10/11

The Signing of the Treaty of Versailles, June 28,1919

Once the war ended, what happened?  An easy peace treaty meeting in Paris – typical, right?   Not so fast …

For your next class, preview the peace process that came after the war by reading and watching some content concerning the Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles. (don’t try to read it – just look at how long it is!) The History Channel has a decent reading.  You can also watch Peace, Diplomacy, and Reparation, and check out The Treaty of Versailles, What Did the Big Three Want? and The Treaty of Versailles, Terms of the Treaty.  As you read and watch, you should be able to :

  • … generally describe Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points.
  • … discuss why the rest of the “Big Four” opposed Wilson’s Fourteen Points.
  • … give a broad outline of the actual peace provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • … discuss why the Treaty of Versailles was opposed by the Senate and some of the public in the US.
  • … describe how the Versailles process was a failure in the goal of continuous world peace.

Please come to class with some questions about the peace process, as we will discuss it in more detail.

You can also spend some time thinking about the legacy of the Great War – The War to End All Wars – World War I.

Check out Legacy of the War – World War I Centennial;  World War I Centenary: 100 Legacies of the Great War; A 100-Year Legacy of World War I – The New York Times; and WWI Casualty and Death Tables from PBS to THINK about the overall impact of the Great War, both globally and in the United States.  You may also want to check out the description of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery – we will be there in six weeks.

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