by Alan Sharp

The Versailles Settlement does not enjoy a good reputation: despite its lofty aim to settle the world’s affairs at a stroke, it is widely considered to have set the world on the path to its second major conflict within a generation. President Wilson’s controversial principle of self-determination amplified political complexities in the Balkans, while the First World War and its settlement also bear significant responsibility for showing the seeds of today’s ongoing conflict in the Middle East. A century on, the Versailles Settlement still casts a long shadow, with so many of the objectives of the peacemakers, including global disarmament and minority protection, yet to be realised. Versailles 1919-23 for the conflicts and disputes of the ensuing century.

Alan Sharp was Professor of International Studies and Provost of the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster. His teaching, research and writing has focused on 20th-century international history and British foreign policy after the First World War. Author of Lloyd George and 28 June: The War and Peace that Made the Modern World.


Publication Date: September 2018
RRP: £20
260 pp