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A comparison of European peace treaties

What are the similarities and differences between some of the key European peace treaties?

Edgars Berzins and Helen Snelson

"The Big Four" made all the major decisions at the Paris Peace Conference (from left to right, David Lloyd George of Britain, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando of Italy, Georges Clemenceau of France, Woodrow Wilson of the U.S.). (Edward N. Jackson (US Army Signal Corps) - U.S. Signal Corps photo, Public Domain.)

Students will learn about the key features of some major European peace treaties and compare the similarities and differences between them, including their impact upon the continent. Students will focus upon three key peace treaties made at the end of wars in Europe: the 1648 Peace of Münster, the 1815 Treaty of Paris and the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. They will identify similarities and differences between the features of these treaties and develop theories about effective peace-making via classroom discussion.