On June 28, 1919, exactly five years after the assassination in Sarajevo, the
signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles officially terminates the Great War.
In reality, this treaty merely inaugurates a long truce that will expire in 1939,
when worldwide warfare will resume, lasting until 1945. Many historians now
indeed consider the First and Second World Wars as parts one and two of one
single conflict, as a kind of twentieth-century edition of the disastrous “Thirty
Years’ War” of the 1600s, with the years from 1918 to 1939 constituting a long
intermission . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.