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The great powers and post-war reconstruction, from Versailles to nation-building lite

14 Apr 2005
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Bruce Kent surveys the chequered history of post-war reconstruction from the Treaty of Versailles to the present. The 'beggar thy neighbour' attempts of the victorious nations in 1919 to offload the burden of reconstruction onto others set Europe on the road to the war of 1939-45. Even the more enlightened Marshall Plan helped to trigger the Cold War because of its restricted scope. And recent 'nation-building' ventures, focused more on prosecuting the quixotic 'war on terror' than on coherent and balanced reconstruction, are unlikely to promote the stability and sustainable development of the regions involved.

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