Just Peace Or Day of Dishonor? – The Treaty of Versailles I THE GREAT WAR June 1919

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The Treaty of Versailles was the first of the big peace treaties after the armistice of 1918. In just six months the allied powers had – without talking to the defeated powers – negotiated a new world order while trying to make sure Germany would pay reparations to rebuild. The German delegation was only informed about the peace terms a few weeks before signing the Treaty and they were shocked about the terms. In May 1919 they even considered not signing the contract at all.

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Philipp Scheidemann,„Gegen die Annahme des Versailler Vertrages 12. Mai 1919“,Politische Reden III, herausgegeben von Peter Wende. Deutscher Klassiker Verlag:Frankfurt am Main, 1994, S.254-62

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