The Struggle for Control
This chapter examines the struggle for control in Great Britain's preparation for the 1919 peace conference. Foreign Office Under-Secretary Charles Hardinge had developed a carefully laid plan for the peace settlement through the Political Intelligence Department (PID) but it was significantly affected by the decision of Prime Minister David Lloyd George to attend personally the conference and appoint Arthur Balfour as chief delegate. In addition, Lloyd George had other ideas on how arrangements for the conference should be made and he appointed Maurice Hankey to handle administrative planning and General Jan Christiaan Smuts to prepare the peace brief.
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