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World War One - Versailles Treaty


Versailles Treaty Conference Spoofed on Stage (Stage Magazine, 1933)

One of the summer offerings of 1933 was the stage production of 'Peace Palace' by Emil Ludwig (1881 - 1948). Posted here is a review of the production along with a black and white photograph of the cast in full costume and recognizable make-up.

 

Keeping German Diplomats Safe in Paris (Popular Mechanics, 1919)

In light of the overwhelming hostility toward Germans, whether they come to Paris to sign a peace treaty or for other reasons, the Parisian Gendarmes thought it best to enclose their hotel with palisade-style fencing, which they hoped would serve the dual purpose of keeping them in as much as it would serve to keep hostile natives out.
A photo of the barricade illustrates the article.

 

Wilson's Secretary of State and the Versailles Treaty (Current Opinion, 1922)

Attached is the 1922 book review of Robert Lansing's (1864 1928) book, Big Four, and Others of the Peace Conference. In this, Lansing's follow-up to his earlier book, The Peace Negotiations: A Personal Narrative, the author

"shows us Clemenceau dominating the conference by sheer force of mind; Wilson outmaneuvered; Lloyd George clever, alert, but not very deep; and Orlando precise and lawyer like. This book confirms the popular belief that the general scheme of the treaty was worked out by the British and French delegations without material aid from the Americans. As a consequence, the American delegation lost prestige."

 

One German's Opinion (The Nation, 1922)

A few choice words concerning the Treaty of Versailles by the German anti-socialist author S. Miles Bouton (born 1876):

"Such a treaty could not bring real peace to the world even if the conditions were less critical and complex. As they are, it will hasten and aggravate what the world will soon discover to be the most serious, vital, and revolutionary consequences of the war."

The quote above is an excerpt from THE NATION's review of Bouton's 1922 book, And The Kaiser Abdicates: The German Revolution, November, 1918.

 

The Versailles Treaty and the German Colonies (Leslie's Weekly, 1919)

Half way through the year of 1919, editorials like this one began to appear in many places which served to inform the English-speaking world that the Germans were peacefully handing over their African colonies (as they were obliged to do in article 119 of the Versailles Treaty):

"Germany renounces in favor of the principal Allied and Associated Powers all her rights and titles over her overseas possessions."

 

Fears of German Treaty Violations (Punch, 1922)

This one page article makes it clear that Clemanceau and Churchill were not the only ones who feared German duplicty in regards to the rearmament clause.

"My attention had often been called to persistent rumors regarding Germany's secret army. Whispers had reached me from quite reliable sources of over a million Teuton soldiers, well-officered and disciplined..."

Click here if you would like to read about the 1936 Versailles Treaty violations.

 


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