Global Encyclopedia of Territorial Rights

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Creation of Territorial Rights Under the Treaty of Versailles

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The Treaty of Versailles signed on 28 June 1919 formally ended World War I. It codified peace terms between Germany and the Allied Powers. The Treaty held Germany responsible for the war, imposed massive reparations payments and demilitarization, and loss of territory.

The Treaty of Versailles was negotiated at the Paris Peace Conference which opened on 18 January 1919. The Paris Peace Conference resulted in five treaties: the Treaty of Versailles, 28 June 1919; the Treaty of Saint-Germain, 10 September 1919; the Treaty of Neuilly, 27 November 1919; the Treaty of Trianon, 4 June 1920; and the Treaty of Sèvres, 10 August 1920, which was subsequently revised by the Treaty of Lausanne, 24 July 1923. These five major peace treaties rearranged the political geography of Europe, created new national boundaries, and imposed reparations upon Germany.

The Paris Peace Conference created new nations and new democracies out of the old empires of Europe. However, the radical revision of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Inha University Law SchoolIncheonSouth Korea
  2. 2.School of LawUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kevin W. Gray
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada