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A look at the 'Big Three' and the state of Europe following the devastation and chaos at the end of the First World War. The differences between the idealistic Wilson, the vengeful Clemenceau and the ambivalent Lloyd George are explained. The need for compromise at Versailles, between their desires for world peace, revenge, reparations and the need to re-establish Germany as a trading partner is explored.
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26 January 2012

Classroom Ideas

In groups of three, students might create speeches to be delivered in the role of the Big Three, outlining their respective positions. The speeches might then be moved around the trio to assess and contrast the different aims and perspectives.