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The peace treaty negotiated after World War One was hoped to 'end all wars', but as the 3 main delegates had very different aims, was this ever achievable? Watch this video to find out more.

The conference and the Big Three

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Key points

  • January 1919 delegates from 32 countries met in Paris to negotiate peace after World War One.
  • 'The Big Three' were Woodrow Wilson (America), Georges Clemenceau (France), and David Lloyd-George (Great Britain).
  • Wilson wanted a League of Nations, and to ensure Germany wasn't destroyed or blamed for the war.
  • Clemenceau wanted revenge. He wanted territory returned, money to rebuild France and an independent Rhineland. He didn’t want Wilson’s League of Nations
  • Lloyd-George wanted to 'make Germany pay', but leave them strong enough to trade with Britain. He wanted land for Britain's empire and to keep his navy superior.

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