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A school for diplomats : the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 / Clifford R. Lovin.

By: Lovin, Clifford R.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c1997Description: viii, 172 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0761807551 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780761807551 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Paris Peace Conference (1919-1920) | World War, 1914-1918 -- Peace | World War, 1914-1918 -- Diplomatic historyDDC classification: 940.3/12 Other classification: 15.50
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [159]-167) and index.

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The role of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 in shaping modern history has been endlessly debated. Lovin (Western Carolina Univ.) has taken yet another approach to studying the peace conference: its role as a school for young diplomats. He outlines the activities of four such young men at Versailles: Christian Herter of the US; Philip Kerr (later Lord Lothian) of the UK; Alberto Pirelli of Italy; and Kurt von Lersner of Germany. Using the diplomats' personal papers and other important primary sources, Lovin describes the activities of these four men in Paris, then summarizes their careers after Versailles. Lovin believes that Versailles was an important and ultimately successful school that shaped the diplomacy of the Western world, especially after WW II, when Woodrow Wilson's unheeded warnings about the need for his League of Nations haunted decision-makers and diplomatists. General readers; undergraduates and above. G. P. Cox Gordon College

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Clifford R. Lovin is Professor of History at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

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