Aspects of British Policy and the Treaty of Versailles looks at some key issues involving British policy and the Treaty of Versailles, one of the twentieth century’s most controversial international agreements.
The book discusses the role of experts and the Danzig Question at the Paris Peace Conference; the establishment of diplomatic history as a field of academic research; and the role of David Lloyd George and his Vision of Post-War Europe. Contributors also look at the restitution of cultural objects in German possession, and after the war, the Treaty’s impact on both Britain’s enemy, Germany, and its ally, France, revealing how it profoundly affected the European balance of power.
Aspects of British Policy and the Treaty of Versailles will be of great interest to scholars of diplomatic history as well as modern history and international relations more generally. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Diplomacy & Statecraft.
Introduction: Of War and Peace: Aspects of British Policy and the Treaty of Versailles
B. J. C. McKercher and Erik Goldstein
1. The Quest for Stability: British War Aims and Germany, 1914–1918
B. J. C. McKercher
2. “A House of Cards Which Would Not Stand”: James Headlam-Morley, the Role of Experts, and the Danzig Question at the Paris Peace Conference
D. B. Kaufman
3. “The Light of History”: Scholarship and Offi cialdom in the Era of the First World War
T. G. Otte
4. Lloyd George and the American Naval Challenge: “The Naval Battle of Paris”
John H. Maurer
5. From Caxton Hall to Genoa via Fontainebleau and Cannes: David Lloyd George’s Vision of Post-War Europe
6. Cultural Heritage, British Diplomacy, and the German Peace Settlement of 1919
7. Great Britain in French Policy Conceptions at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919
8. Germany, Versailles, and the Limits of Nationhood