This is an experiment. Throughout the year 2009 I will be trying to "blog" the Paris Peace Conference, discussing the events of the conference, the background, and the consequences. Comments and recommendations are most welcome.
I am a historian of the modern world, and in particular the twentieth century. In addition to many articles and essays, I have written or edited three books on the history of the modern world, including my book, The Western Front: Battlefield and Home Front in the First World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). A second and expanded edition of The Western Front has just appeared in the UK (Nov. 2015) and will out in Jan. in the US. It is expanded and renamed: The Great War: Western Front and Home Front.
Note, part 1. Next time you think about committing yourself in public to do a year-long blogging project on a near daily basis... stop! Drink some tea! Calm down! Ask hard questions of yourself. Let's think about this for a while...
Note, part 2. If I am finding it hard, some days, to get up enthusiasm to deal with the Peace Conference, what must those folks in Paris in 1919 have felt like? I can empathize!