The essays in this volume, written by leading historians and a former British foreign secretary, survey the strategy, politics and personalities of British peacemaking in 1919. Many of the intractable problems faced by negotiators are studied in this volume. Neglected issues, including nascent British commercial interests in Central Europe and attitudes towards Russia are covered, along with important reassessments of the viability of the Versailles treaty, reparations, appeasement, and the long-term effects of the settlement. This collection is a compelling and resonant addition to revisionist studies of the 'Peace to End Peace' and essential reading for those interested in international history.
MICHAEL DOCKRILL is Professor of Diplomatic History at King's College, London. He has written books and articles on various aspects of British foreign policy and strategy in the twentieth century, including British Defence since 1945 and British Establishment Perspectives in France, 1936-40. He is general editor of the Macmillan/King's College series Studies in Military and Strategic History. - JOHN FISHER is reader adviser at the Public Record Office, Kew. He is the author of Curzon and British Imperialism in the Middle East, 1916-19 and has contributed articles to numerous journals.