NEGOTIATION AT VERSAILLES
The inaugural sessions of the
Paris Peace Conference began 18 January 1919 in the Quai d’orsay clock room at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Though 32 countries dispatched diplomats, decisions were made by the ‘Big Four’ – the US, UK, France and Italy. The treaties which emerged rebuilt Europe for what they hoped would be a new era of lasting peace, carving out new nations, dividing the Middle East between the victorious allies, and holding Germany accountable for the war in the Treaty of Versailles.