A look at the 'Big Three' and the state of Europe following the devastation and chaos at the end of the First World War. The differences between the idealistic Wilson, the vengeful Clemenceau and the ambivalent Lloyd George are explained. The need for compromise at Versailles, between their desires for world peace, revenge, reparations and the need to re-establish Germany as a trading partner is explored.

First broadcast:
26 January 2012

Ask students to explore the motivation of the 'Big Three' at the Paris Peace Conference, and explain the reasons for the various compromises that were made in the Versailles Peace Treaty.