Mr. Wilson bores me with his Fourteen Points,” -Georges Clemenceau
David Lloyd George had promised to build a postwar Britain “fit for heroes”—a goal that would cost money
Crowds of other representatives circled around the “Big Three” with their own demands and interests.
The Italian prime minister, Vittorio Orlando, insisted that the Allies honor their secret agreement to give former Austro-Hungarian lands to Italy.
In June 1919, the Allies ordered representatives of the new German Republic to sign the treaty they had drawn up at the palace of Versaille outside Paris. The German delegates were horrified. The treaty forced Germany to assume full blame for causing the war. It also imposed huge reparations that would burden an already damaged German economy.