The Inside Story of the Peace Conference

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XV
THE TREATY WITH BULGARIA

AMONG all the strange products of the many-sided outbursts of the leading delegates' reconstructive activity, the Treaty with Bulgaria stands out in bold relief. It reveals the high-water mark reached by those secret, elusive, and decisive influences which swayed so many of the mysterious decisions adopted by the Conference. As Bulgaria disposed of an abundant source of those influences, her chastisement partakes of some of the characteristics of a reward. Not only did she not fare as the treacherous enemy that she showed herself, but she emerged from the ordeal much better off than several of the victorious states. Unlike Serbia, Rumania, France, and Belgium, she escaped the horrors of a foreign invasion and she possessed and fructified all her resources down to the day when the armistice was concluded. Her peasant population made huge profits during the campaign and her armies despoiled Serbia, Rumania, and Greek Macedonia and sent home enormous booty. In a word, she is richer and more prosperous than before she entered the arena against her protectors and former allies.

For, owing to the intercession of her powerful friends, she was treated with a degree of indulgence which, although expected by all who were initiated into the secrets of "open diplomacy," scandalized those who were anxious that at least some simulacrum of justice should

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • I - THE CITY OF THE CONFERENCE 1
  • II - SIGNS OF THE TIMES 45
  • III - THE DELEGATES 58
  • IV - CENSORSHIP AND SECRECY 117
  • V - AIMS AND METHODS 136
  • VI - THE LESSER STATES 184
  • VII - POLAND'S OUTLOOK IN THE FUTURE 264
  • VIII - ITALY 272
  • IX - JAPAN 322
  • X - ATTITUDE TOWARD RUSSIA 344
  • XI - BOLSHEVISM 376
  • XII - HOW BOLSHEVISM WAS FOSTERED 399
  • XIII - SIDELIGHTS ON THE TREATY 407
  • XIV - THE TREATY WITH GERMANY 455
  • XV - THE TREATY WITH BULGARIA 464
  • XVI - THE COVENANT AND MINORITIES 469
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