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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, 2 Jan. 2002
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This review is from: Peacemakers Six Months that Changed The World: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War (Hardcover)
This book reads well and flows nicely, with plenty of lively quotations from Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Wilson and others, as well as some entertaining anecdotes, such as that concerning the Hungarian aristocrat hired by the Albanians whose main interest turned out to be in the tooth structure of dinosaurs. Very interesting, too, to read about the sheer insensitivity and arrogance of the German delegation after it arrived in Versailles to receive the peace terms. Inevitably, perhaps, it is stronger on some topics (Franco-German borders, Bolshevism, Poland) than others (the Balkans). But it does an excellent job in conveying the sense of a small group of statesmen battling against the odds not to let their instinctive mistrust of each other derail their task of reconstructing the world order. Measured against Wilson's 14 points, much of what they did was illogical or unjust. And there were serious miscalculations, such as the encouragement of Greek ambitions in Turkey. But could anyone have done it better?
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2010 20:52:47 GMT
Customer -

why are you surprised about the "sheer insensitivity and arrogance" of the Germans once they arrived at Versailles - they had not been involved in any kind of negotiation and were simply told to sign on the dotted line or else face the consequences. What should they have been sensitive about?

TD

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2014 15:53:52 GMT
Thomas ~ Of course the Germans were told to 'sign on the dotted line' ~ it was unquestionably the war-mongering Germans who were principally responsible for invading Belgium and starting the War in the first place !! Why should anyone have offered them "negotiations"? Get real !!
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