- Defeated powers wanted peace
- The Victors all wanted different things
- Many armistice terms ended up in the final treaty (i.e Reparations, Alsace- Lorraine given to France, De-militarisation of the Rhinland)
- January 1919- 32 Countries met at the Paris Peace Conference to make the peace settlement
- Difficult to please everyone in the peace treaty
- All politicians had to meet expectations of public opinions à different in every country
The Big Three:
- U.S.A (Woodrow Wilson), Britain (David Lloyd George), France (Georges Clemenceau) Occasionally referred to as 'the Big Four' which includes Vittorio Emanuele Orlando who represented Italy.
- Part of the Council of 10 at the Paris Peace Conference à 2 representatives from Britain, France, U.S.A, Italy and Japan
- Council of 10 met daily to discuss all important decisions
- David Lloyd George: Election promises to "Squeeze the German lemon until the pips squeak"
- Knew a harsh peace would bring…