The Paris Peace Conference and the Versailles Treaty were designed to prevent Germany from ever threatening the world again. How did it attempt to do this? What were its strength? Weaknesses? Be as complete as possible, tracing the evolution of peace proposals, treaties, and describing the perspectives and goals of each belligerent state.
The ideas of a policy to support a peaceful society began on Jan. 8, 1918 when Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States proposed to congress his idea of something referred to as The 14 Points. Although they were not officially proposed at that time to the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire) the ideas that would change the entire worlds views on what to expect because of the war were born. It was these 14 points that Wilson would continue to push for adoption by the Allies (United States, Britain, France, Italy, and Japan) as the guidelines that they were to follow given victory in the war.
In October of 1918 it would be these points again that after much debate the Allies would reluctantly accept as a basis for the armistice requested by Germany. After having lost several major battles, the Central Powers were suffering severely and had no choice but to accept the demands placed by the Allies. The armistice went into effect six hours after being signed on Nov. 11, 1918 at 5:00am and was to temporarily enact a sees- fire until the Allies could present the Central Powers with a peace treaty that would officially end the war and bring peace to the land (so they thought).
The prominent world leaders after the wars end commonly were referred to as The Big Four. The Big Four consisted of leaders from the United States, Britain, France, and Italy. It was the leaders of these nations, and these nations alone, that would meet at the Paris Peace Conference beginning on Jan 18, 1919 (The German Empires Birthday) and after months of discussion and debate draft the Tr…