The Paris Peace Conference, the Treaty of Versailles, and the Search for Order (Session 2)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The 1919 peace conference and treaty with Germany were controversial with contemporaries, reviled in the thirties, and disdained by many historians since.  One school of thought is that the end of the first world war (and the subsequent peace) led inexorably to the beginning of the second world war.  The peacemakers have been viewed as naive idealists or cynical realists, either too far-sighted or too short-sighted to negotiate a workable treaty. However, recent research has indicated some intriguing new interpretations. Seminar participants will examine a number of historical questions and discuss some of the new ideas concerning the “peace to end all peace.”

Seminar led by Eugene Beiriger, DePaul University