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The Legacy of the Treaty of Versailles

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
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Woodrow Wilson, David Lloyd George, and Georges Clemenceau in Versailles, 1919

In 1919, leaders from around the globe gathered in Paris to write the final chapter of World War I. The resulting Treaty of Versailles was the handiwork of three men: British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, French Premier Georges Clemenceau, and American President Woodrow Wilson. They hoped, one diplomat said, to establish "not Peace only, but Eternal Peace." But even at the time, another eyewitness knew better. "They think they have got peace," this French general said. "All they have got is a twenty-year truce." He was right.

George Mason University history professor Kevin Matthews explores a legacy that is still being played out in Asia and the Middle East and Europe and the United States, and how the men of Versailles created the world we live in.

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