By Charles L. Mee Jr.
World conflict I and the Versailles Treaty that produced the main severe upheaval in an extended and stormy process smooth global historical past. 4 nice empires - Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Russia - have been a part of the war's rubble. faraway from restoring the realm to reserve, the diplomats who met in 1919 at Paris and Versailles plunged the realm back, this time irretrievably, into the chaos of the 20th century. It used to be the tip of order.
At 3 o'clock at the afternoon of may possibly 7, 1919, the top of the German delegation to the Paris Peace convention entered a room within the Palace of Versailles and used to be "dazzled and disoriented through the unexpected explosion of solar mirrored within the gigantic mirrors, the chandeliers and white walls." Brockdorf-Rantzau was once additional bewildered by means of the treaty that used to be offered to him - "a mass of move references and adjusted paragraphs" protecting 2 hundred published pages and one hundred forty articles. but not anyone had studied the record - now not the barrel-chested, shrewd...
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Wilson was thrown into a panic. He determined that he must tell Mrs. Galt the complete truth about his relationship with Mary Peck and leave it to Mrs. Galt to decide whether or not she could proceed with their intended marriage. But, when he sat down to write a letter to her he discovered that he could not bring himself to admit even to an innocent flirtation, let alone the love affair he had had with Mary Peck. He decided to point out instead that it might be difficult for Mrs. Galt to marry a man whose profession subjected him to backstairs gossip and malicious slander.
He made many friends and acquaintances among artists and writers; he knew Oscar Wilde; he fought over an American woman, Selma Everdon, with Auguste Rodin. Perhaps his closest and most enduring friendship was with Claude Monet, whose impressionist paintings of water lilies Clemenceau especially loved. Clemenceau enjoyed visiting Monet, sitting with Monet in the painter’s garden, urging him on when the painter began to go blind toward the end of his life. “Monet was a supreme lyricist,” Clemenceau said in a book he wrote about his friend’s paintings of water lilies, “and this lyricist was a man of action.
By January of 1919, as the delegates gathered in Paris for the Peace Conference, the shallow graves of Verdun were being washed out by the rains; feet stuck out of the ground, and helmets with skulls in them rose up through the mud. In this atmosphere, the diplomats gathered — and, far from restoring order to the world, they took the chaos of the Great War, and, through vengefulness and inadvertence, impotence and design, they sealed it as the permanent condition of our century. THE SAVIOR Woodrow Wilson sailed to Europe aboard the S.
1919 Versailles. The End of the War to End All Wars by Charles L. Mee Jr.