This carefully curated primary source collection includes roughly 60 documents related to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. By collecting all of the most significant documents in one volume, it allows readers to hear the original arguments surrounding the treaty and to explore the voices of the people involved at the Paris Peace Conference. Moreover, it allows readers to engage with the documents so as to better understand the complex motivations and issues coming out of World War I and highlights the differences between the victors and identifies the problems many countries had with the treaty before it was even signed.
The documents are organized in chronological order, providing a blueprint to help students to understand all of the significant events that led to the treaty, as well as the vast repercussions of the treaty itself. In addition to the Treaty of Versailles itself, documents include such significant primary sources as the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the Balfour Declaration, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points, and Germany’s response to the treaty.
- Provides an understanding of the many controversies surrounding the Treaty of Versailles, enabling a fuller comprehension of the impact of the treaty that contributed to the outbreak of World War II
- Highlights primary source documents that illustrate the complexities surrounding World War II
- Offers perspectives of top scholars in essays debating whether the Paris Peace settlement made World War II inevitable
- Calls attention to the many peoples who were left out of the decision-making process involved in the remaking of the world