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Title: Versailles Peace Treaty
Alternative Title(s): Treaty of Versailles
Treaty of Peace with Germany
Available From: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/versailles_menu.asp
http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/versailles.html
Conclusion Date: 1919-06-28
Entry Into Force Date: 1920-01-10
Description: The Versailles Peace Treaty signified the end of World War I. The treaty fixed the boundaries of Germany and required Germany to disarm, pay reparations and give up all claims to interests existing outside of Germany. This treaty is noteworthy for its dual purpose of negotiating peace and for establishing a new world order in the form of the League of Nations. The treaty was a departure from previous treaties because it contained detailed peace terms and it was the first document that treated economic warfare and armed warfare as equivalents. The treaty is also revolutionary because it is one of the first documents to imply a right of self-determination. The first 26 articles of this treaty comprise the League of Nations Covenant and this treaty also contains the Constitution of the International Labor Organization.
Legal Citation: 225 Parry 188; 2 Bevans 235; 13 AJIL Supp. 151, 385 (1919)
EISIL Categories: Home > Use of Force > Peace & Neutrality > Peace
Home > General International Law > Historical Materials
Keywords: peace
self-determination
Language(s): English
Document Creator: Paris Peace Conference
Site Administrator: William C. Fray
William.fray@yale.edu


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