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Treaty of Versailles: How Communication with Intentions of Peace Led to World War II and a Genocidal Dictatorship


"United Nations Flag," United Nations, 2018

Following WWII, countries understood communication's influence and communication barriers caused by League of Nations’ rejections among countries. Nations recognized global peace requires communication among all nations.

"United Nations Meeting," United Nations Peacekeeping, circa 2020

The United Nations (UN) established a better communication method to settle international disputes and replaced the League. Today, most countries are in the UN, learning from the Treaty of Versailles’s lack of ethical communication. After WWII, a cooperation mission of continuing international communication and collective security was developed in Europe based on the League of Nations- the European Union. ​​​​​​​

Due to the excessive reparations, Germany finished paying on October 3, 2010. 

"Treaty of Versailles Front," Museum of Australian Democracy, 1919

The Treaty reminds us that peace must be negotiated by all sides and that the victors should never humiliate or take prized possessions from the defeated nation for peace. Communication in the Treaty centered on imperial tradition from the 1900s, resulting in ethical global communication deficiencies.

The historian, with every justification, will come to the conclusion that we were very stupid men… We arrived determined that a peace of wisdom and justice should be negotiated. We left the conference conscious that the treaties imposed upon our enemies were neither just nor wise.”
- Harold Nicholson, British Diplomat (1919)

Ultimately, it prompted the escalation of Nazism and WWII, but the ethical lessons learned resulted in the peacekeeping UN today.

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