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The Inside Story of the Peace Conference (Paperback) Loot Price: R589
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The Inside Story of the Peace Conference (Paperback): Emile Joseph Dillon

The Inside Story of the Peace Conference (Paperback)

Emile Joseph Dillon

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Excerpt: ... on the ground that its inhabitants are Poles and we have given your demand careful consideration. But the Germans tell us that the inhabitants, although Polish by race, wish to remain under German rule as heretofore. That is a strong objection if founded on fact. At present we are unable to answer it. In fact, nobody can answer it with finality but the inhabitants themselves. Therefore we must order a plebiscite among them." One of the Polish delegates remarked: "If you had put the question to the inhabitants fifty years ago they would have expressed their wish to remain with the Germans because at that time they were profoundly ignorant and their national sentiment was dormant. Now it is otherwise. For since then many of them have been educated, and the majority are alive to the issue and will therefore declare for Poland. And if any section of the territory should still prefer German sway to Polish and their district in consequence of your plebiscite becomes German, the process of enlightenment which has already made such headway will none the less go on, and their children, conscious of their loss, will anathematize their fathers for having inflicted it. And then there will be trouble." Mr. Wilson retorted: "You are assuming more than is meet. The frontiers which we are tracing are provisional, not final. That is a consideration which ought to weigh with you. Besides, the League of Nations will intervene to improve what is imperfect." "O League of Nations, what blunders are committed in thy name " the delegate may have muttered to himself as he listened to the words meant to comfort him and his countrymen. Much might have been urged against this proffered solace if the delegates had been in a captious mood. The League of Nations had as yet no existence. If its will, intelligence, and power could indeed be reckoned upon with such confidence, how had it come to pass that its creators, Britain and the United...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: August 2012
First published: August 2012
Authors: Emile Joseph Dillon
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 9mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 276
ISBN-13: 978-1-4432-3353-8
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > General
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LSN: 1-4432-3353-6
Barcode: 9781443233538

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