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Lecture | The Paris Peace Conference and the Making of a New World Order

Lecture | The Paris Peace Conference and the Making of a New World Order

Thu, Mar. 14, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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The Paris Peace Conference came at the end of what was seen at the time as the war to end all wars. It was dictated largely by Lloyd George (UK), Clemenceau (France), Woodrow Wilson (USA) and Vittoria Orlando (Italy). Germany was not permitted to take part but was required to sign the agreement.Some of the outcomes saw the League of Nations being founded from Wilson’s Fourteen Points focusing largely on self-determination for nation states. Germany lost 13% of her territory, with the Rhineland being demilitarised and coal from the Saar region exported to France. Payment of reparations by Germany, as compensation for damage, was fixed at £6.6 billion. This shocked and angered the German people who felt that they had been stabbed in the back.  They rounded on the politicians of the Weimar Republic leading to a rise in fascism which eventually saw Hitler’s Nazi Party come to power in Germany and Mussolini’s Fascist party in Italy. 

Professor Peter Jackson holds the Chair of Global Security at the University of Glasgow. A graduate of Carleton University, Ottowa, of the University of Calgary and of Cambridge, he has taught at Yale, Aberystwyth and Strathclyde. In 2012 - 13 he was visiting professor at Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. Editor of the journal Intelligence and National Security, he has written numerous books and articles, his most recent book being, ‘Beyond the Balance of Power: France and the politics of National Security in the era of WW1’.

6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences
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