Woodrow Wilson with the American Peace Commission in Paris to negotiate the Versailles treaty.
Credit: National Archives and Records Administration.
It was American President Woodrow Wilson's hope that the final World War I treaty, drafted by the victors, would be even-handed, but the passion and material sacrifice of more than four years of war caused the European Allies to make severe demands. Persuaded that his greatest hope for peace, a League of Nations, would never be realised unless he made concessions, Wilson compromised somewhat on the issues of self-determination, open diplomacy, and other specifics.
Chapter 1 of this title briefly looks at the American position at the end of World War I, its opposition to the League of Nations, and its efforts to later form a new world body –- the United Nations –- after World War II. (Credit: US Dept. of State)
Chapter 2 also includes comments from HG Wells from his book titled a “Short History of the World,” written just after World War I by H G Wells.
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