The Making of the Reparation and Economic Sections of the Treaty

The Making of the Reparation and Economic Sections of the Treaty

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The Making of the Reparation and Economic Sections of the Treaty

The Making of the Reparation and Economic Sections of the Treaty

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Much misconception exists and many misstatements of fact have been made regarding the reparation and economic sections of the Treaty of Peace --clauses vital to the interest of the American people and even more vital to world stability. As I was intimately concerned with the creation of these sections, my purpose herein is to set forth the problems which the writers of the sections had to meet and why they met them as they did rather than in the various ways suggested by present-day critics.

Before, however, the subject matter of the clauses in question is presented to the reader, it is essential that he should have a mental picture of the conditions under which they were brought into being.

The mightiest conflict of mankind had just come to an end. The cannon's sound had but lately died away; the shock of battle was still upon the world; the aroused primitive passions of nations and of men had only in a small measure subsided; the world's wounds still bled.

Within a few hours' travel from the Peace Conference were the battlefields upon which lay 900,000 dead Englishmen and colonials; 1,300,000 . . .

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