How did the Paris Peace Conference Shape the US Foreign Policy After WWI?

On May 7, 1915, A U.S. ship, the Lusitania, was sunk by the Central Powers. This officially started the United States' involvement in World War I.
In attempt to gain peace and end war, president Wilson created the Fourteen Points. He toured all around the U.S. promoting his ideas.
After the Central Powers were defeated, several countries gathered to determine punishment and peace treaties at the Paris Peace Conference.
One major decision of the Peace Conference, was the creation of The League of Nations. The League of Nations was a group of European countries
The purpose of the Paris Peace Conference was to negotiate the German peace treaty and to draw the boundaries for new states arising from the collapse of the Russian ,German, Austrian, and Ottoman Empires at the end of WWI. Wilson believed, through self determination, countries would only focus on
The main result was the treaty of Versailles with Germany laid the guilt for the war on " the aggression of Germany and their allies."
The League of Nations oversaw the argument and made a solution to prevent another war. However, the United States Congress believed it was best for countries to self-govern themselves, so it did not join the League of Nations.
At the end of World War I, the economy was was strong, and believed it would continue to grow if they built from within. This thinking, ultimately lead to Isolationism: the belief that if countries only focus on their own issues, no world problems will happen.
Unfortunately, the Isolationism, preached by the United States, lead to the start of WWII, where the United States were forced to exit their Isolation due to their size and power.

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