One hundred years ago there assembled in Paris the largest and most consequential diplomatic gathering of the twentieth century: the Paris Peace Conference of 1919-20. At Paris, after countless meetings and debates, the Allied and Associated Powers presented five treaties of peace to their defeated enemies: Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire. The most important of these was the Treaty of Versailles with Germany which established a new status quo in Europe. In this course we will discuss the personalities, debates, and decisions of the conference and pay special attention to Versailles and other decisions that most affected the future of Europe and the Middle East. MSC. Limit 28.
Required Book(s): Margaret MacMillan, Paris, 1919. ISBN# 0-375-76052-0; Robert Gerwarth, The Vanquished. ISBN 978-0-374-53718-0
Robert Bunselmeyer has taught modern European history at four colleges; he has taught at MSC six times.