Peace to End Peace

Peace to End Peace : Paris Peace Conference of 1919

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • United Kingdom
  • 0151715688
  • 9780151715688

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An overwritten dramatic narrative with the virtue prerequisite for popular histories: it is rarely dull. This is owing to Goldberg's animation of the diplomatic struggle as well as of simultaneous social turmoil and antecedent gore. (He dwells on such matters as German atrocities and the habitual sadism of Magyar nobles.) Prolonged closeups of the victors' prodedural and substantive disputes over peace terms and a tangle of other points are interspersed with reports of developments beyond Paris. These range from pogroms in Poland to unemployment and persecution of Negroes, radicals and aliens in the U.S; from Communist revolution in Hungary to the murder of the German Spartacist leaders and the political awakening of the young Mao after Wilson's concessions to Japan. Goldberg's reconstructions of public opinion are notable. For the most part the reports remain skimpy, if graphic. For instance, the Allied intervention in the Russian civil war is left hanging. Goldberg's basic conception of national goals and motive forces leads to little more than textbook cliches about Wilson's paternalistic idealism and Clemenceau's thirst for revenge. Portraits of ancillary participants like Balfour, Lansing and House are sharp. But Harold Nicolson's Peacemaking, Nineteen-Nineteen remains the indispensable source on the atmosphere of the conference, apart from this superior style. What Goldberg offers the general reader is a sense of the larger atmosphere of these bloody and dilatory months, and of how they affected the Conference. No footnotes, bibliography or index. (Kirkus Reviews)
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