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The Economic Consequences of the Peace
on April 12, 2004
"The Economic Consequences of the Peace" is a very enlightening book about the attempt at peace for the post World War I era. It focuses mainly on the Treaty of Versailles, and how the Council of Four neglected to solve the most important problems of the world that might have eventually led to peace. First of all, the Treaty did not make provisions for the rehabilitation of Europe, it did nothing to establish good relations between the Central Empires, and failed to adjust the systems of the Old World and the New. After reading this book, I agree with John Keynes' theory and account of the mistakes made by the world's leaders. His call for change and ways to solve the problems are sensible and caused me to think about what might have happened if certain things had been done differently. This book was very educational, but its slow moving and difficult text made it a little hard to follow. However, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the period between World War I and II, because it gives a very detailed, almost firsthand account of what actually happened during the peace conferences, and the economic consequences of those talks of peace.