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The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, 28 June 1919
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The peace Treaty of Versailles was one of the most important events of the 20th century. It helped to shape modern Europe. Understanding how the politicians at Versailles arrived at their conclusions is a vital aspect of modern political understanding and not just part of a historical process. The Treaty of Versailles is as relevant now as it was in 1919.

 Versailles - a place for murky deals 

The Treaty of Versailles was the result of six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. This was the official end to World War I between the Allies and the Central Powers. The signing ceremony of the treaty with Germany took place on June 28, 1919 in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, the very place where the German Empire had been proclaimed on January 18, 1871. The choice of venue was not accidental.

The treaty came into effect on January 10, 1920 and required that Germany and its allies accept responsibility for causing the war and pay large amounts of compensation (war reparations). Viewed as an unfair humiliation, the treaty caused public outrage in Germany.

Commenting on the Treaty some time later Lloyd George said 'The treaty was all a great pity. We shall have to do the same thing all over again in 25 years at three times the cost.'

 

 

 


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