Versailles—Before and After

I AFEW weeks ago M. Clemenceau is said to have remarked, "Everybody says that Wilson, Lloyd George and I are responsible for all the troubles of the world today. It is not true. The only thing the matter is that we made the Treaty of Versailles twenty-five years too soon." Now that it looks as if the Paris settlement had largely broken down, it is worth while to examine whether there is not something in what M. Clemenceau says. Such an examination may at any rate give us a hint as to why things have gone so badly since 1919, and as to the foundations on which we must build in the future. It is not possible, however, to get a true perspective without first considering how peace was maintained before the war. For until we have some idea of the merits and demerits of the pre-war system we cannot judge fairly of what was done at Paris.

Versailles—Before and After
I AFEW weeks ago M. Clemenceau is said to have remarked, "Everybody says that Wilson, Lloyd George and I are responsible for all the troubles of the world today. It is not true. The only thing the matter is that we made the Treaty of Versailles twenty-five years too soon." Now that it looks as if the Paris settlement had largely broken down, it is worth while to examine whether there is not something in what M. Clemenceau says. Such an examination may at any rate give us a hint as to why things have gone so badly since 1919, and as to the foundations on which we must build in the future. It is not possible, however, to get a true perspective without first considering how peace was maintained before the war. For until we have some idea of the merits and demerits of the pre-war system we cannot judge fairly of what was done at Paris.

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