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Andrew Williams

50 Failed imagination? 2 The Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles, 1919 Introduction 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. The first focus of this chapter is an exploration of the process of disillusionment as it comes out in the documentary record. The key areas that have been identified by contemporaries and historians alike are the mismatch between the security- and ‘order

in Failed imagination?
John Callaghan

13 The problem of war aims and the Treaty of Versailles John Callaghan Why did Britain go to war in 1914? The answer that generated popular approval concerned the defence of Belgian neutrality, defiled by German invasion in the execution of the Schlieffen Plan. Less appealing, and therefore less invoked for public consumption, but broadly consistent with this promoted justification, was Britain’s long-standing interest in maintaining a balance of power on the continent, which a German victory would not only disrupt, according to Foreign Office officials, but

in Labour, British radicalism and the First World War
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The Anglo-American new world order from Wilson to Bush (Second edition)
Editor: Andrew Williams

This book explores the way in which the Anglo-American new world order (NWO) debate changed by 9/11, and the encouragement this has given to the 'neoconservatives' or 'neocons' within the George W. Bush Administration. It examines the policy-making process as it developed before the Versailles Conference of 1919. 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. The book then explores how the Conference and the LON attempted to frame the immediate problems of the post-war period. It shows how NWO architects' thinking developed in what might be called the area of 'global security' from the period of the First World War until the present. The clear evidence is that the American thinking on the NWO had a huge impact in Britain's processes in the same direction. President Theodore Roosevelt shared a deep suspicion of British motives for the post-war settlement in line with most Americans. He attributed blame for the inter-war crisis as much to British and French intransigence and balance of power politics at Versailles as to German aggression. The results of the Versailles settlement hung like a cloud over Allied relationships during the Second World War and gave a powerful impetus in American circles for an attitude of 'never again'. The variety of historical archival material presented provided the background to the current and historical American obsession with creating the world order.

Edwin Borchard between New Haven and Berlin
Jens Steffek and Tobias Heinze

action against villains who disregarded the international order. Borchard, by contrast, refused to brand the Nazis aggressors and propagated neutrality and non-interference. He did not change his mind during the Second World War, when the strategy of appeasing Hitler had quite obviously failed. 69 The German connection When Borchard discussed the scope and function of international law, he often cited the Treaty of Versailles, which was both his political target and his favourite example to illustrate his theory. Germany was Borchard’s ultimate case to prove that

in Prussians, Nazis and Peaceniks
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Otto Lehmann-Russbueldt and German rearmament
Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

-Russbueldt always retained the greatest respect for Steed, whom he called ‘my protector and teacher in the ways of this contradictory people’.10 Their friendship certainly outlived Lehmann-Russbueldt’s ability to supply useful information. MI5’s early interest in Lehmann-Russbueldt resurfaced as a result of his research for the book Germany’s Air Force, an exposé of secret German aerial rearmament in contravention of the Treaty of Versailles.11 Preliminary details of Germany’s secret aircraft programme, based on material supplied by Lehmann-Russbueldt and his fellow

in A matter of intelligence
Graeme Morton

, and there is some evidence of this for the Scottish example. 54 As the terms of the Treaty of Versailles were being crafted, the Scottish nationalists petitioned American President Woodrow Wilson with the demand for international recognition. 55 The nation was then seen to fall further behind the constitutional and trading freedoms of others when the Statute of

in Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century
Editors: Lucy Bland and Richard Carr

This volume offers a series of new essays on the British left – broadly interpreted – during the First World War. Dealing with grassroots case studies of unionism from Bristol to the North East of England, and of high politics in Westminster, these essays probe what changed, and what remained more or less static, in terms of labour relations. For those interested in class, gender, and parliamentary politics or the interplay of ideas between Britain and places such as America, Ireland and Russia, this work has much to offer. From Charlie Chaplin to Ellen Wilkinson, this work paints a broad canvass of British radicalism during the Great War.

Changing images of Germany in International Relations

This volume traces changing images of Germany in the field of International Relations (IR). Images of countries are mental representations with audio-visual and narrative dimensions that identify typical or even unique characteristics. This book focuses on perceptions of Germany from the English-speaking world and on the role they played in the development of twentieth-century IR theory. When the discipline originated, liberal internationalists contrasted cooperative foreign policies with inherently aggressive Prussianism. Early realists developed their ideas with reference to the German fight against the Treaty of Versailles. Geopoliticians and German emigre scholars relied on German history when they translated historical experiences into social-scientific vocabularies. The book demonstrates that few states have seen their image change as drastically as Germany during the century. After the Second World War, liberals, lawyers, and constructivists developed new theories and concepts in view of the Nuremberg trials, the transformation of the former enemy into an ally of the West, and Germany’s new commitment to multilateralism. Today, IR theorists discuss the perplexing nature of ‘civilian power’ Germany – an economic giant but a military dwarf. Yet the chapters in this volume also show that there has never been just one image of Germany, but always several standing next to each other in a sometimes compatible and sometimes contradictory manner.

Silvia Salvatici

groups with a specific humanitarian vocation – caring for war victims. These new entities often drew their impulse from religious philanthropy but they were also connected to the different expressions of the growing international activism. An important example is the Save the Children Fund, which, founded in 1919, had a threefold origin: the British philanthropic tradition; the spirit of internationalism that condemned the punitive Treaty of Versailles; and the network of supranational cooperation that intertwined itself with feminist associations. This humanitarian

in A history of humanitarianism, 1755–1989
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Changing images of Germany
Jens Steffek and Leonie Holthaus

aggressive and militarised ‘Prussian’ foreign policy. Western observers described the country as the uncivilised other, a rogue that thwarted attempts at a peaceful organisation of IR. 7 In that sense, one particular image of Germany was almost constitutive for the nascent discipline of IR. In the interwar years, the German fight against the Treaty of Versailles allowed liberal internationalist to distinguish the West, multilateralism and the international rule of law from Germany’s revanchism and aggression. As German resistance against the Versailles order became ever

in Prussians, Nazis and Peaceniks