Statesmanship and the Treaty of Versailles


On the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, this conference reviewed the main primary source documents connected to the treaty as well as the secondary scholarship on the history and repercussions of this important event.


Conference Readings

“Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, 3 March 1918.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/brestlitovsk.htm (December 13, 2018).

“Allied Armistice Terms, 11 November 1918.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/armisticeterms.htm (December 13, 2018).

“Report of Commission to Determine War Guilt, 6 May 1919.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/commissionwarguilt.htm (December 13, 2018).

“Treaty of Versailles, 28 June 1919.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/versailles.htm (December 13, 2018).

“Treaty of Versailles: Articles 1-30 and Annex.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/versailles1-30.htm (December 13, 2018).

“German Delegates’ Protest Against Proposed Peace Terms at the Paris Peace Conference, May 1919.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/parispeaceconf_germanprotest1.htm (December 13, 2018).

“Allied Reply to German Delegates’ Protest Against Proposed Peace Terms at the Paris Peace Conference, May 1919.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/parispeaceconf_germanprotest2.htm (December 13, 2018).

Proposed amendment to Article 21 (racial equality clause).

“Dutch Newspaper Editorial Against the Terms of the Paris Peace Conference, May 1919.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/parispeaceconf_dutcheditorial.htm (December 13, 2018).

“German-Russian Agreement; April 16, 1922 (Treaty of Rapallo).” Yale Law School – Lillian Goldman Law Library. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/rapallo_001.asp (December 13, 2018).

Andelman, David A. A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today. New York: Wiley, 2014.

Clemenceau, Georges. “Georges Clemenceau’s Opening Address at the Paris Peace Conference, 18 January 1919.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/parispeaceconf_clemenceau.htm (December 13, 2018).

Fay, Sidney B. “New Light on the Origins of the World War I.” American Historical Review 25, no. 4 (1920): 616-639.

Keynes, John Maynard. The End of Laissez-Faire: The Economic Consequences of the Peace. Santa Monica: BN Publishing, 2009.

Keynes, John Maynard. The Versailles Settlement: Was It Foredoomed to Failure? Edited by Ivo J. Lederer. Lexington: D.C. Heath and Co., 1965.

Lodge, Henry Cabot. “Henry Cabot Lodge on the League of Nations, 12 August 1919.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/lodge_leagueofnations.htm (December 13, 2018).

MacMillan, Margaret. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World. London: John Murray, 2001.

Mantoux, Etienne. The Carthaginian Peace, or the Economic Consequences of Mr Keynes. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons New York, 1952.

Neiberg, Michael S. The Treaty of Versailles: A Concise History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Nicolson, Harold. Peacemaking 1919. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1939.

Tampke, Jurgen. A Perfidious Distortion of History: The Versailles Peace Treaty and the Success of the Nazis. Victoria and London: Scribe, 2017.

Weber, Max. Frankfurter Zeitung. Berlin: Fortsetzung von, 1919.

Weitz, Eric D. Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.

Wilson, Woodrow. “Woodrow Wilson’s "Fourteen Points" Speech, 8 January 1918.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/fourteenpoints.htm (December 13, 2018).

Wilson, Woodrow. “President Wilson’s Addendum to the Fourteen Points, 11 February 1918.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/fourteenpoints_wilson2.htm (December 13, 2018).

Wilson, Woodrow. “Woodrow Wilson’s Opening Address at the Paris Peace Conference, 18 January 1919.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/parispeaceconf_wilson.htm (December 13, 2018).

Wilson, Woodrow. “President Woodrow Wilson’s Address in Favour of the League of Nations, 25 September 1919.” firstworldwar.com. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/wilsonspeech_league.htm (December 13, 2018).