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Territorial Disputes and the Re-Drawing of the Map of Europe
Map of Europe in 1914. Image credit: UK National Archives.
There were several key (and exceptionally
thorny) territorial questions that occupied the diplomats at
the Paris Peace Conference. And no matter how they chose to
redraw boundaries, there were going to be upset people and protests
about the end result. There was a great summary of some of these
pressing boundary issues in Europe in Current History (April 1919), "Boundary Disputes in Europe: Maze of Difficult and Delicate Problems Confronting the Peace Conference,"
(*.pdf file) including some maps. Listed below are some of the
key territorial issues in Europe and around the world that the diplomats faced in Paris. I hope
to eventually get around to explaining what the Conference did (or did
not do) in each case.
Source for the cartoon is Current History, May 1919
THE BIGGER PROBLEMS
Suitors and Suppliants: The Little Nations at Versailles by Stephen Bonsal (1946)
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