International: Yalta v. Versailles

Having had a few days to ponder the results of Yalta, last week the world began to draw more considered conclusions. Some of the most interesting were comparisons of Yalta with Versailles as instruments for dealing with the immediate problem of defeated Germany. On this basis Yalta looked good.

At Versailles the Big Four had been split before the conference began. Wilson acted rather as an arbiter between an unreasonably vindictive France and a prostrate Germany than as a member of a victorious coalition. Soon British policy likewise came to favor the...

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