The End of World War I
When World War I ended on November 11, 1918, peace talks went on
for months due to the Allied leaders wanting to punish the enemy and
"dividing the spoils of war." A formal agreement to end the war was
made and called the Treaty of Versailles. The issue that took the most
time were the territorial issues because the empires of Russia,
Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman, and Germany had collapsed. These fallen
empires had to be divided up and America's President Woodrow Wilson,
Georges Clemenceau of France, Vittorio Orlando of Italy, and David
Lloyd George of Great Britain, were the main deciders of this deal.
During 1918, Russia was knocked out of the war due to military
defeats and the Bolshevik Revolution. Even though Russia had not been
part of the Central Powers, Germany seized much of western Russia.
After many months of arguing, the four men had made western Russia
into the nations of Finland, Latvia, ...