Peace in the West — The Versailles Settlement
Although an armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, a final peace with Germany, the Treaty of Versailles, would not be signed until 28 June 1919. In the interim a peace conference met in Paris to decide the fate of the defeated Central Powers, and to divide the spoils amongst the victors. Germany was not invited to attend the conference. She would only be allowed to comment in writing, before accepting or rejecting the terms drawn up by the allies. The allies’ differences over war aims (see Map 24), suppressed while the fighting continued, became manifest as negotiations went on. In particular, Woodrow Wilson’s internationalist agenda clashed with France’s punitive approach to dealing with Germany. Great Britain found herself acting as intermediary between her two principal allies, while trying to secure her own global security and imperial power.