The conference began with a grand opening ceremony on January 18, 1919. Over ten thousand people from twenty-seven nations were in Paris regarding the conference (Goldstein 9). The interests of the small countries were quickly settled and the major issues were left to the leaders of France, Great Britain, the United States and Italy.
The leaders from each country present at the conference, Premier Clemenceau of France, Prime Minister Lloyd George of Great Britain, President Wilson of the United States, and Premier Orlando of Italy, had distinctly differen...
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... WWII was the redrawing of the maps. Many enemy ethnic groups had been placed near each other, and large numbers of Germans were displaced and put under foreign rule. In general, there was a sense of bitterness and distrust among countries, making Europe vulnerable to another war.
Throughout the conference, the delegates were able to reach numerous compromises, which were the reason that the conference was able to produce peace settlements and a final treaty. Without these agreements, Europe might have immediately found itself at war again.
Goldstein, Eric. The First World War Peace Settlements, 1919-1925. London: Pearson Education, 2002. Print.
Mee, Charles L., Jr. The End of Order, Versailles, 1919. New York: Dutton, 1980. Print.
Pendergast, Tom, and Sara Pendergast. World War I Almanac. Ed. Christine Slovey. Detroit: U.X.L, 2002. Print.
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