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In a Nutshell

How a peace agreement ended one war and started another

TREATY OF VERSAILLES

What was it?

Signed on 28 June 1919 - five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, an event widely acknowledged to have sparked the outbreak of war - the Treaty of Versailles was the peace document that marked the official end of World War I.

What was its main purpose?

Although the German government had agreed to accept US president Woodrow Wilson’s proposals for a fair peace settlement in October 1918, the Allies were determined that Germany should pay "for all damage done to the civilian population of the Allies and their property by the aggression of Germany by land, by sea and from the air."

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