By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson) 

LOVELAND, OH (June 28, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we look closely at a treaty; a failed treaty.

To End All Wars

Some naively believed that the Great War, later renamed World War I, should end all future wars. 

Many scholars believe the overly harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles, formally ending the war, punished Germany with reparations, territorial loss, and restricted armed forces to an extent that it created the resentment and vacuum onto which a nationalistic party, the Nazis, eventually jumped in.  We all know the rest of the story.

The Treaty of Versailles was executed on June 28, 1919, about seven months after the hostilities ceased.   Separate Treaties were executed with other countries, for example, the treaty between the victors and Hungary was executed in June 1920, the Treaty of Trianon. 

A good thing that came out of the treaties is the establishment of the League of Nations whose primary goal was to maintain world peace, which it unfortunately failed to do.  The US never joined in by the way.  It was dissolved after the next big war.

The actual negotiations post World War I and before the formal treaty signings occurred in Paris, mostly at the offices of the French Foreign Ministry.

This view of Paris is by Braun and Hogenberg created in 1575.

Paris – Circa 1575 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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