26 October 2019, 12:30 - 13:30
This year marks a hundred years since the Treaty of Versailles, which ended the First World War and has been blamed for laying the foundations of the Second. But is it fair to blame the peacemakers of 1919 for the failures of statesmen twenty years later?
Too often our understanding of the First World War and its impact is dominated by the British experience of the war. Dr Sean Lang and Nicolas Kinloch, University of Cambridge, look at the treaty from the point of view of the French and of the Germans. What might seem an obviously over-harsh settlement to modern eyes seemed to French people at the time the only guarantee they could have of a peaceful future. The Germans were humiliated by Versailles, but was the treaty really as onerous and unfair as they claimed?
Including a new film about the end of the war from Cambridge filmmakers Thinking Media, this discussion event is relevant to anyone interested in the war, including A-level and GCSE students.
This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.