What Was Decided At The Paris Peace Conference?

2241 Words9 Pages
Benjamin Barron bb4267@bard.edu Mark Lytle and Richard Aldous
War and Peace
March 4th, 2015

4. Summarize what was decided at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. What impact did these decisions have on European politics in the 1920s?

Woodrow Wilson once quoted British author H. G. Wells, deeming World War I “the war to end war.” Stated before the formation of the Treaty of Versailles, this statement could have been plausible; however, following the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, the improbable nature of Wilson’s optimistic views on World War I became evident. Wilson recognized that the Paris Peace Conference would likely end in complications while traveling to Versailles for the meeting, stating his fear that it might end in “’a tragedy of disappointment.’” The conference would continue to host twenty-seven nations, including over one thousand statesmen in 1,646 sessions to draft reports on the future of these nations in the hope of creating peace. Entering the Paris Peace Conference, the predominate powers in the agreement set decisive goals which they aimed to meet with the Treaty of Versailles; these were determined by primary concerns for the future of each nation. The nations involved in making the Treaty of Versailles’ most important decisions were initially French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau, American President Woodrow Wilson, British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, Italian Prime Minister Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, and Japanese Prime
Open Document