1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars by Charles L. Mee Jr.

By Charles L. Mee Jr.

International battle I and the Versailles Treaty that produced the main severe upheaval in a protracted and stormy process smooth international historical past. 4 nice empires - Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, and Turkey - have been a part of the war’s rubble. faraway from restoring order, the diplomats who met in 1919 at Paris and Versailles plunged the realm into the chaos of the 20th century. the following, from award-winning historian Charles Mee, is the account of what occurred whilst the 3 strongest heads of country accumulated to set up a brand new order.

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Since 1871, too, the European nations, out of a general sense of anxiety, had bound themselves into an elaborate, interlocking set of alliances — so that, should war come, the old alliances and ententes would drag nations willy-nilly into the conflict. At the same time, the world engaged in an arms race, led by Germany and Britain. ” The British, who had the strongest fleet in the world, responded to the German challenge by building a fleet of dreadnought battleships, thinking the Germans would be so impressed that they would give up their ambitions.

He began, too, to receive invitations to assume the presidency of a number of universities, all of which he declined. At last, in 1902, he was asked to become president of Princeton University, an offer he accepted with alacrity. As president of Princeton, he introduced a reorganization of the curriculum, requiring students to major in a single subject and integrate their courses into a consistent program — rather than to choose courses by a free elective system which had come to seem, to some, disorderly.

There was that in his proud eyes and gentleman’s bearing that marked him a man to be made friends with and respected. ” In Paris, the cheers of the crowd, the tremendous throngs, the drums of the mounted band, the bunting, the shouts, Vive Wilson! airplanes overhead, the roar of the people, the muzzles of the captured cannon, the crowds by the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, the Place de l’Opéra, the president with an amiable sweeping gesture of his hand, the bugles sounding “Aux Armes,” the sun breaking through the clouds, blue skies and balmy weather, dominant colors among the crowd blue and khaki of the soldiers and the black of the women, cuirassiers galloping down the lane, Mrs.

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