Most scholarly writing about the end of World War I used to confine the discussion primarily to state-related concerns: the peace conference, the collapse of the German government, the demands of the victors, the “powerlessness” of the vanquished, and so forth. Historians now recognize that there is more to the end of World War I than the signing of some documents in the Palace of Versailles in the summer of 1919. In this closing chapter, as we look at the peace terms and the shape of the new Europe — indeed, we will really find ourselves once again facing issues which connect the battle fronts of World War I with the home fronts.
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