The "War to End All Wars": Total War, Total Peace? Politique étrangère, Vol. 79, No. 1, Spring 2014
The Paris Peace Conference of 1919-1920 marked the end of the First World War whose purpose was to establish the conditions for enduring, if not perpetual peace.
But in fact, it planted the seeds of future conflicts, in particular by burdening Germany with exceptional reparations. Lessons from the Conference were drawn, especially in the post-Second World War period. Peace treaties no longer aim to debilitate defeated parties but to facilitate their reintegration into the global community.
Published in Politique étrangère, Vol. 79, No. 1, Spring 2014