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November 23, 2015



I haven't yet read the second part of the post on the Oates novel, but in the first part of the post the line about Wilson and reparations I don't think is really right. It was the French and perhaps to a somewhat lesser extent the British who insisted on what some (incl. the Germans, obvs.) saw as harsh reparations terms. (Admittedly, the history of the Paris peace conference that produced the Versailles treaty is not one of my strong points, but I think a glance at a source or two wd confirm this.)

bianca steele

Hm, you're right. I was misremembering things like the post at Crooked Timber a little while back. I had learned in high school that Wilson arrived at Versailles ready to ask less of the Germans, monetarily, than the French and the English were, and failed to make his case to them, but that was a long time ago, and high school, and possibly I should have paid less attention to those comments. There's some blame for Wilson expressed there (and in places like Wikipedia), but "largely" is clearly an overstatement, at minimum.

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