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p. 815. To bed, sick of lifelocked

  • Michael S. Neiberg

Abstract

What would happen if the Germans refused to sign the treaty? The Allies were not prepared to resume the war or to handle the possibility of a German government collapse. “To bed, sick of life” describes the doubts and fears of the Allies and the German response to the proposed Treaty of Versailles. The request of German foreign minister Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau for amendments was rejected and he returned to Berlin without any agreement. The German cabinet resigned on June 20, 1919 rather than vote in favor of accepting the treaty, but Provisional president Friedrich Ebert persuaded the National Assembly to approve it, despite the unfavorable terms, and the treaty was officially signed in Paris on June 28.

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