2019, Centenary of the Versailles Peace Conference: From the Hall of Mirrors to the German Invasion of Poland
7:00 pm | Wednesday, January 22 Professor Claudia Dunlea
President Woodrow Wilson tried to create a new world order, based on democracy and self-determination. However, at the Versailles Peace Conference of 1919, shaping a lasting peace became difficult. This lecture assesses the lasting legacy of the Peace Conference and studies the flawed decisions with terrible consequences. Chief among them, the widely accepted view of history that the road from the Hall of Mirrors directly led to the German invasion of Poland only 20 years later as well as the endless struggle between Arabs and Jews over land that each thought had been promised to them.