Chapter 28[image] The Tragedy of Versailles

In This Chapter
  • The last of the fighting stops
  • Demobilization and the creation of the Freikorps
  • The Allies hammer out the punitive Treaty of Versailles
  • Wilson orchestrates the League of Nations
  • The U.S. Senate repudiates both the Treaty and the League

With the scratching of pens in a railway car on an obscure siding in France, the Great War ended. At least, the shooting stopped.

Within this very railway car were sown the seeds of a new war, even more terrible. The German military and the Germans who favored the military would never forget that Matthias Erzberger, their nation’s chief negotiator of the Armistice, was ...

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