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The peace Treaty of Versailles was signed after World War I on June 19, 1919. It was designed to end the war between World War enemies Germany and the Allied Powers consisting of Belgium, Germany, America, Russia, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and the United States by making Germany take all responsibility for this war.
However, the opposite became true. In forcing Germany to accept sole responsibility for the war, and to give territorial concessions and reparations to certain countries that had formed the Entente powers, the foundation was laid for the next war. The result of these conflicting reparations was that Germany was not pacified, nor was it weakened, facts that would prove to effect the second world war as Germany signed this treaty under protest.
Other peace treaties which contain articles are the many peace treaties that the United State made with the Native Americans. As of this date, not one of these treaties have been kept the United States. The treaty of Delaware, for instance, granted the state of Delaware to the Indians in one article as long as "the aforesaid shall abide by, and hold fast, the chain of friendship now entered into."
It is not really an article, but I strongly suggest reading Woodrow Wilson's "14 Points." It's a speech President Wilson delivered to the American Congress after World War I. The hope was that this particular piece would lay the groundwork to avoid future wars. Wilson genuinely believed in its idealism and its hope. It sought to bring issues that nations have with one another to the forefront of all in an international tribunal called The League of Nations. It also called for nations to have self- determination in their own sovereign countries. We can see that the overriding principle in the document is a call for peace, a hope that World War I was a war to end all wars. It was idealistic and slightly unreal, by today's standards. However, it clearly depicts the ends to which Wilson was prepared to go in the avoidance of war.
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