Chapter Thirty-Six. The Peace Settlement, 1919–39

  1. John Horne Professor member
  1. Carole Fink Professor specialist

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch36

A Companion to World War I

A Companion to World War I

How to Cite

Fink, C. (2010) The Peace Settlement, 1919–39, in A Companion to World War I (ed J. Horne), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch36

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Author Information

  1. Ohio State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405123860

Online ISBN: 9781444323634



  • peace settlement, victors and vanquished contesting peacemakers' decisions (1919–39);
  • treaties, Paris Peace settlement - clashing interests and unequal power balance;
  • treaty revision, Locarno treaties - renegotiating peace treaties;
  • depression and precarious economic structure - and Central Europe banking crises;
  • peace settlement after World War I - having a dreadful reputation in the public mind;
  • Locarno treaties of 1925, subject of historical controversy - opening the gates of treaty revision;
  • Hitler's appointment as chancellor of Germany - disrupting the international community;
  • Paris Peace Treaties - Will the public ever change its mind about it


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Treaties, 1919–23

  • Aftermath, 1920–4

  • Treaty Revision, 1925–9

  • Breakdown, 1930–9

  • Conclusions

  • References and Further Reading