The History Of The Treaty Of Versailles - In Five Future Wars

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Iraq20190628

As the dusts of the Great War settled in 1919, the victorious Allied Powers of Britain, France and the United States gathered together in Paris to build a new, peaceful world. In this series, former BBC Diplomatic Editor Bridget Kendall explores how their decisions would influence a century of global conflict.

Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes, from independent nations to women's rights. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries. In this episode, Bridget examines the case of Iraq.

Contributors: Professor Margaret Macmillan; Professor Toby Dodge

Producer: Phil Tinline

Bridget Kendall explores how the Paris Peace Conference 1919 shaped a century of conflict.

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced future conflicts.

Poland20190625

As the dusts of the Great War settled in 1919, the victorious Allied Powers of Britain, France and the United States gathered together in Paris to build a new, peaceful world. In this series, former BBC Diplomatic Editor Bridget Kendall explores how their decisions would influence a century of global conflict.

Bridget Kendall explores how the 1919 Paris Peace Conference shaped a century of conflict.

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced future conflicts.

Vietnam20190626

As the dusts of the Great War settled in 1919, the victorious Allied Powers of Britain, France and the United States gathered together in Paris to build a new, peaceful world. In this series, former BBC Diplomatic Editor Bridget Kendall explores how their decisions would influence global conflicts for the next hundred years.

Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes, from independent nationhood to women's rights. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government, as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries.

In this episode, Bridget follows the story of one particular lobbyist, a young hotel worker with dreams of freedom for his home country, Vietnam. Later adopting the name Ho Chi Minh, what happened to him at Versailles would set in motion half a century of war for Vietnam with the two powers of France and infamously, the United States.

Featuring contribution from Professor Margaret MacMillan, author of 'Peacemakers: Six Months that Changed the World' and Mark Philip Bradley, Professor of International History at the University of Chicago.

Producer: Sam Peach

Bridget Kendall explores how the Paris Peace Conference 1919 shaped a century of conflict.

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced future conflicts.

Wwii And Germany20190624

As the dusts of the Great War settled in 1919, the victorious Allied Powers of Britain, France and the United States gathered together in Paris to build a new, peaceful world. In this series, former BBC Diplomatic Editor Bridget Kendall explores how their decisions would influence a century of global conflict.

Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes, from Armenian independence to women's rights. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries.

In this opening episode Bridget examines the treatment of Germany at the Paris Peace Conference. Blamed for the outbreak of the war and not given a seat at the table at the palace of Versailles where the conference was held. The Treaty of Versailles, when agreed, lumped Germany with economic reparations, forced disarmament and reduced territories. Following these punitive measures, the next decades of German history include the rise of Nazism and the outbreak of another World War. Were the seeds sown at Versailles?

Featuring contribution from Professor Margaret MacMillan, author of 'Peacemakers: Six Months that Changed the World' and Professor Richard Evans, University of Cambridge and author of 'The Third Reich Trilogy'.

Producer: Sam Peach

Bridget Kendall explores how the 1919 Paris Peace Conference shaped a century of conflict.

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced future conflicts.

Yugoslavia20190627

As the dusts of the Great War settled in 1919, the victorious Allied Powers of Britain, France and the United States gathered together in Paris to build a new, peaceful world. In this series, former BBC Diplomatic Editor Bridget Kendall explores how their decisions would influence a century of global conflict.

Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes, from independent nations to women's rights. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries.

Formed in the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the delegates from the newly created Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes presented themselves to the great powers in Paris. Their country would come to be known at Yugoslavia, but sewn into the fabric of the new state were tensions that never went away, eventually leading to the country's breakup in the 1990s.

Featuring contribution from Professor Margaret Macmillan, author of 'Peacemakers: Six Months that Changed the World' and Professor Dejan Djokić, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Balkans at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Producer: Sam Peach

Bridget Kendall explores how the Paris Peace Conference 1919 shaped a century of conflict.

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced future conflicts.

01Wwii And Germany20190624

As the dusts of the Great War settled in 1919, the victorious Allied Powers of Britain, France and the United States gathered together in Paris to build a new, peaceful world. In this series, former BBC Diplomatic Editor Bridget Kendall explores how their decisions would influence a century of global conflict.

Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes, from Armenian independence to women's rights. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries.

In this opening episode Bridget examines the treatment of Germany at the Paris Peace Conference. Blamed for the outbreak of the war and not given a seat at the table at the palace of Versailles where the conference was held. The Treaty of Versailles, when agreed, lumped Germany with economic reparations, forced disarmament and reduced territories. Following these punitive measures, the next decades of German history include the rise of Nazism and the outbreak of another World War. Were the seeds sown at Versailles?

Featuring contribution from Professor Margaret MacMillan, author of 'Peacemakers: Six Months that Changed the World' and Professor Richard Evans, University of Cambridge and author of 'The Third Reich Trilogy'.

Producer: Sam Peach

Exploring how decisions at the Paris Peace Conference 1919 influenced the Second World War

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced future conflicts.

02Poland20190625

Exploring how the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced conflict in Poland

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced future conflicts.

03Vietnam20190626

As the dusts of the Great War settled in 1919, the victorious Allied Powers of Britain, France and the United States gathered together in Paris to build a new, peaceful world. In this series, former BBC Diplomatic Editor Bridget Kendall explores how their decisions would influence global conflicts for the next hundred years.

Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes, from independent nationhood to women's rights. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government, as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries.

In this episode, Bridget follows the story of one particular lobbyist, a young hotel worker with dreams of freedom for his home country, Vietnam. Later adopting the name Ho Chi Minh, what happened to him at Versailles would set in motion half a century of war for Vietnam with the two powers of France and infamously, the United States.

Featuring contribution from Professor Margaret MacMillan, author of 'Peacemakers: Six Months that Changed the World' and Professor Mark Philip Bradley, Professor of International History at the University of Chicago.

Producer: Sam Peach

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced the Vietnam War.

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced future conflicts.

04Iraq20190627

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced future conflicts.

05Yugoslavia20190628

As the dusts of the Great War settled in 1919, the victorious Allied Powers of Britain, France and the United States gathered together in Paris to build a new, peaceful world. In this series, former BBC Diplomatic Editor Bridget Kendall explores how their decisions would influence a century of global conflict.

Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes, from independent nations to women's rights. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries.

In this episode, Bridget examines the case of Yugoslavia. Formed in the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the delegates from the newly created Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes presented themselves to the great powers in Paris. Their country would come to be known at Yugoslavia, but sewn into the fabric of the new state were tensions that never went away, eventually leading to the country's breakup in the 1990s.

Producer: Sam Peach

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced the Balkans War.

Exploring how decisions at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference influenced future conflicts.