WWI and the International System

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Loh Yong Sheng HIS103Y reading summary The first world war and the international system Bibliography Citation Steiner, Zara S. The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Scope Time Period: 1919-1933 Characters: Georges Clemenceau (French Premier), David Lyod (British Prime Minister), Woodrow Wilson (United States President), Vittorio Orlando (Italian Prime Minister) Main events: Paris Peace Conference 1919 Main Points The long wait following the armistice resulted from elections in the United States and Britain and also from the time delegates from the far corners of the world needed to arrive (eg. It took the Japanese delegation 2 months to reach Paris) and also the allies wanted the political situations in the former enemy states to be clarified and that the governments in place would be able to discuss peace terms. The leaders faced the unresolved problems of pre 1914 Europe and also the situations created after the war. It was a time of systemic change, when it was possible to contemplate a new international regime to replace the one that has so spectacularly collapsed Compared between the peace in 1815 and 1914, the former was made by five powers and the latter had twenty seven allied states present, Britain only had 14 staffs present in 1815 but in 1914 they had more than 2
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