(i) Explain the different aims of the three leaders, Clemenceau, Lloyd-George and Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference after WW1.
The 18th of January 1919, is a stand-still moment in History as 75% of the world's leaders came together and prepared to discuss a single topic, the situation of the post-war world. With the exclusion of the defeated states, there was a total of 32 Leaders that attended the Paris Peace Conference. Whilst there was a large majority of attendees, there were three that wielded more power over the other nations. These major participants consisted of Clemenceau from France, Woodrow from USA and Lloyd-George from Britain, because of the power they possessed the name "The Big Three" was given to them.
Georges Clemenceau was appointed to be the French Prime Minister in 1916, immediately he clearly conveyed his ideas for Germany to be smashed so that she could never again embark on a war.
The devastating blow that the French took during the war and especially at Verdun was still apparent in the French publics mind. Clemenceau would not take the chance of Germany once starting another war, so he proceeded to argue his aims as being of high importance. Clemenceau believed the complete stripping of Germany was the only sure way to know they would be harmless and not be seen as a strong power in the future. This meant the removal of their navy, air-force and a decrease in the size of their army. France wanted their border to meet with Germany's along the Rhine and to lose all of their overseas territories, the more important being the return of Alsace-Lorraine. Clemenceau also felt the need to restrict the relations of Austria-Hungary and Germany in order to make sure the two countries would not once again join...