The Paris Peace Conference was a meeting of Allied diplomats that took place in the aftermath of the First World War. Its purpose was to impose peace terms on the vanquished Central Powers and establish a new international order.
British Online Archives’ latest collection, Paris Peace Conference and Beyond, 1919-1939, contains archival material relating to this tumultuous period in European and world history.
The documents cover the treaties of Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Trianon, Sèvres, Lausanne, and Locarno, as well as the foundation of the League of Nations. These treaties severely curtailed German power and influence, redrew national boundaries in Europe and the Middle East, and led to the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.
Most of the files, including FO 608 (Foreign Office: Peace Conference; British Delegation, Correspondence and Papers), are drawn from the UK National Archives, while the British Library provided the personal papers of Lord Robert Cecil and Sir Arthur Balfour.
The collection thus provides a unique insight into the aftermath of the First World War, the shifting balance of power in the 1920s, and the origins of the Second World War.
British Online Archives is the primary source publisher. We support the research of university students and academics through the scanning and digital distribution of primary sources. You can view our latest collections here.