The Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles, 1919
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An extensive literature exists on the 'lessons of Versailles' and particularly on the 'failure' of the League of Nations (LON), one that started even before the signature of the Treaty of Versailles. This chapter explores the process of disillusionment as it comes out in the documentary record. It explores how the Paris Peace Conference and the LON attempted to frame the immediate problems of the post-war period. In a discussion of the emergence of new world order ideas, the Treaty of Versailles has provided fertile ground for explaining how ideas to 'improve' international relations can be seen as coming into collision with the realities of those relations. Given the centrality of Britain to the 'imagining', and indeed the implementation of Versailles, it is tempting to blame Lloyd George and the British delegation for any 'failure'.

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