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Versailles Treaty 95th anniversary

June 28, 2014 - FRANCE

Jun 28 in 2014 is the 95th anniversary of the signing of the Versailles Treaty at the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

It ended World War I, but arguably, contributed to the next world war and seeded a host of conflicts that continue to the present day. Historians generally agree that the punitive conditions imposed on Germany in the treaty laid the ground for the eventual rise of the Nazis and World War II. The treaty also re-drew the map of many countries held fast by the Ottoman Empire for centuries, setting up several of the most intractable Middle East conflicts of today. The treaty was signed on 28 Jun 1919, five years to the day after the event regarded as the first shot fired in World War I -- the assassination on 28 Jun 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife by Bosnian Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip.

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Date written/update: 2013-11-20