Finally, on 11 November 1918, after four years of war, an armistice based on United States' President Woodrow Wilson's "Fourteen Points" was agreed to by Germany. The Treaty of Versailles, however, sharply differed from Wilson's points, and Germany, who felt betrayed, denounced the treaty as "morally invalid." 4 What made the post-war peace so difficult to attain, was not simply the terms themselves or the lack of enforcement. The political environment also has to be looked at as playing an important role in the inability of the Allies to forge a lasting peace. Henig argues that "the peace conference was held at a time of unprecedented political, social, economic and ideological upheaval. Any peace settlement would have to operate within highly unstable international and domestic environments [and] this international instability made the attainment of a lasting peace so difficult." 5
The goal following World War I was to restore European stability and maintain everlasting peace. However, these goals were recognized by all of the leaders as not easily achievable. French Prime Minister Clemenceau commented on the day the armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, "We have won the war: now we have to win the peace, and it may be more... [continues]
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