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Consumed by WarEuropean Conflict in the 20th Century$
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Richard C. Hall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125589

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125589.001.0001

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Preserving the Peace, Undermining the Peace

Preserving the Peace, Undermining the Peace

(p.87) Chapter 6 Preserving the Peace, Undermining the Peace
Consumed by War

Richard C. Hall

University Press of Kentucky

The peace settlement achieved at Paris was fragile from its inception. Britain would not be a major supporter. The elimination of the German High Seas Fleet and the U-boats assuaged British security concerns, while the responsibilities of a global empire placed increasing demands on Britain's flagging energies. Immediately after the war, the Irish quest for independence provided a major distraction from continental affairs. Italy, largely because of its contention that its rewards did not match its losses in the war, was a problematic advocate for preservation of the peace. Germany, though exhausted and defeated, remained demographically and economically the main power in Europe. The Paris Diktat found few supporters there. Defeated by Germany in the war and shunned by the Entente Powers at Paris, Soviet Russia had little reason to support the peace settlement.

Keywords:   peace settlement, Paris, Britain, High Seas, U-boats, Italy, Germany, Diktat, Entente Powers, Soviet Russia

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