Democracy and Peace Making: Negotiations and Debates by Philip Towle

By Philip Towle

Democracy and Peace Making is a useful and updated account of the method of peace making, which pulls at the latest ancient pondering. It surveys the post-war peace settlements of the 19th and 20th centuries, including:* the Vienna congress of 1815* the Treaty of Versailles* the peace settlements of the second one international warfare* peace talks after the Korean conflict* the Paris Peace Accords of 1973.

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In the Second World War he attempted to ‘solve’ the problem by crushing or exterminating the Slavs and colonising the area with Germans. 29 The process of ethnic cleansing continued with the partition of India, the establishment of the state of Israel, the partition of Cyprus and the numerous other colonial and post-colonial struggles which have swept the world since 1945. The lesson was reinforced in Bosnia and Kosovo when the term ‘ethnic cleansing’ came into general usage to describe this perennial aspect of nationalism.

It was only after their collapse that he became increasingly associated with the nationalist cause. His Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, was even less enthusiastic and deplored Wilson’s subsequent appeal to the national principle: it will raise hopes which can never be realised. It will, I fear, cost thousands of lives. In the end it is bound to be discredited, to be called the dream of an idealist who failed to realise the danger until too late to check those who attempt to put the principle into force.

On the other hand, they insisted that their country should be rewarded for its part in the victory by the accession of territory. Such contradictions were exposed with relish by the new Bolshevik government in Russia, which argued in 1918 that peoples demanding independence should be granted their demands. However hostile they were generally, the similarity between the Bolshevik position on this issue and popular US attitudes was obvious. The US Academy of Political Science convened a conference in Long Beach at the end of May 1917 to examine the future of US foreign policy.

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