Latest post: PAX 1919: a medal for the vanquished by Philip Dutton

Death, conquest, famine and disease, have ever been the monstrous outcomes of armed conflict. But it was the perception that an equal or even greater set of horrors were embedded in the formal conclusions of the Great War - the peace treaties - that moved an elusive Hungarian born artist to highlight the plight of the defeated Central Powers in 1919 via a curiously enigmatic and decorative commemorative medal. The accepted liberal interpretation, largely based on J M Keynes' The Economic Consequences of the Peace?, that an overly repressive and vindictive Versailles Treaty ensured its early failure, has long been subject to a vigorous revisionist scrutiny. A lively debate on... read more