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Indiana Jones: The Gentle Arts of Diplomacy Indiana Jones
"The Gentle Arts of Diplomacy"
(0:00-48:20 on the Winds of Change DVD)
TV episode
Written by Jonathan Hales
Directed by David Hare
Original air date: July 24, 1993

Indy is present at the Paris Peace Conference at the end of the Great War.


Read the "April-May 1919" entry of the It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage Indiana Jones chronology for a summary of this episode


Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology


This episode takes place in Paris, May 1919. The previous episode, Treasure of the Peacock's Eye, ends in January of this year with Indy leaving Remy behind in Singapore to head home. Now, in our current episode, it is said to be May. In the following episode ("Winds of Change"), he tells Mrs. Wharton that he was in Paris for a couple months working at the peace treaty negotiations, so it would seem he was there from about mid-March. So what was Indy doing during the months from mid-January to mid-March? There are no official or licensed stories covering this time period, though there was an outline for an unproduced episode of the never-realized third season of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles called "Bombay, April 1919", that would have had Indy meeting Mahatma Gandhi.


Didja Know?


The title I've used for this episode, "The Gentle Arts of Diplomacy", comes from a line in Percy McCallum's monologue broadcast at the beginning of the episode. This episode is the first part of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Winds of Change, a TV movie packaged for the Family Channel from the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episode "Paris, May 1919" and the new addition "Princeton, May 1919".


Notes from the Old Indy bookends of The Young Indiana Chronicles


There were no Old Indy bookends for this episode.


Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones


The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved.  


The events of this episode are not covered in the journal as published. The pages jump from November 1918 and the end of the war (Treasure of the Peacock’s Eye) to November 1920 ("Mystery of the Blues") even though we see Indy writing in his journal in this episode. It is possible these pages were excised from the journal by the FSB for some reason when it was in their possession.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Percy McCallum

Kaiser Wilhelm II (mentioned only)

Premier Georges Clemenceau

Prime Minister David Lloyd George

President Woodrow Wilson

Indiana Jones


Lawrence of Arabia

Prince Feisal

Gertrude Bell

Arnold Toynbee

Nguyen Ai Quoc (an alias for Nguyen Sinh Cung, a.k.a. Ho Chi Minh)

Nguyen's delegation

Count Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau


Wilson's nurse


Gaston's mother

Gaston's father (mentioned only)




Didja Notice?


The episode opens with a radio news report by Percy McCallum of the British Radio Corporation from Versailles about the end of the war. Both the reporter and the broadcasting company are fictitious. Versailles refers to the Palace of Versailles, the former royal residence of the sovereign of France during parts of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Much of the film footage shown in this segment is actual footage of war and peacetime activities of the time.


McCallum remarks that the German Kaiser has abdicated and fled his homeland. This is Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), who abdicated on November 9, 1918, the armistice taking place two days later (depicted in Treasure of the Peacock's Eye).


The exterior of the site of the Paris Peace Conference was shot in front of the Rudolfinum concert hall in Prague, Czech Republic. The interior lecture room was shot at Wallenstein Palace in Prague.


McCallum announces that "great men of integrity and honor" are in Paris to make a future war impossible and to "forge a world where charity and compassion rule the day." These men are Georges Clemenceau, "the Tiger," Premier of France: the Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Lloyd George; and Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States. These were the elected leaders of the three primary Entente powers during the war. "The Tiger" was an actual nickname given to Clemenceau due to his aggressive debating style as a legislator in France's National Assembly.


Woodrow Wilson's "vision of lasting world peace" is a reference to his Fourteen Points and plan for a League of Nations, discussed in the course of this episode. The phrase "new world order" used by McCallum in his broadcast is also one first used in connection with Wilson's League of Nations ideology (the phrase as used here is a political one, not the New World Order conspiracy theory that evolved in some circles during the Cold War).


When he finds that no one has anything else to add at the end of his speech, Clemenceau says, "C'e la vie." This is French for "That's life."


At the Paris Peace Conference, Indy is reunited once again with his friend T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). Lawrence was actually a part of the conference historically, as a member of Emir Feisal's delegation to make the current provisional Arab government more permanent. Lawrence previously appeared in "My First Adventure" and "Daredevils of the Desert" and Indy is seen writing to him in several other episodes.


Indy has dinner with Lawrence and Gertrude Bell. During the dinner, he also meets Arnold Toynbee. Bell (1868-1926) was a British writer, archaeologist, and intelligence officer. She and Lawrence both advocated for Arab independence at the Paris Peace Conference. Toynbee (1889-1975) was a renowned British historian who was an official advisor to the British delegation at the conference.


Toynbee makes some prophetic statements during his discussion with Indy about the aftermath of the war and danger of punishing one's enemies too severely. He remarks that in modern times you can't just wipe your enemy out the way Rome could just wipe out Carthage. Cathage was a major trading port in the classical world and the capital of Ancient Carthage in what is now Tunisia. Rome destroyed the city in a three-year siege during the Third Punic War in 146 BCE. Toynbee also predicts that Germany will rise again (presaging World War II) and paraphrases George Santayana in saying, "Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it."


At 7:30 on the DVD, Indy looks out his hotel room window in Paris and sees the base of the Eiffel Tower. His hotel must be close!


At 8:16 on the DVD, the shot of Indy listening to Wilson's speech is flipped. His hair is parted the opposite direction and the mole on his neck is on the wrong side! It seems the editors had to flip the shot, as it was filmed with Indy looking in the wrong direction for where he is supposed to be seated in relation to the head table of Wilson, Clemenceau, and George.


At 15:27 on the DVD, Indy races after Lawrence from the Le Etoile hotel where they had been having dinner with Bell and Toynbee. Le Etoile is French for "The Star". As far as I can tell, this is a fictitious hotel for the time. The shot was filmed in front of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. This same building also serves as the Hotel Balzac, where the German delegation stays later in the episode.


Prince Feisal makes his speech to the conference here in April, but in reality he did it in February.


    The waiter from Le Etoile, Nguyễn Ái Quốc, from Vietnam, pays Indy a visit and asks for a big favor. Indy speaks a little Vietnamese to him and says he's been to that country. This was in a visit that has yet to be chronicled.

    Nguyen Ai Quoc was an alias of Nguyễn Sinh Cung, who would later go by Ho Chi Minh as the communist leader of Vietnam from 1945-1969.


As Indy makes his argument to Keating to let the Vietnamese say what they came to say at the conference, he tells the man that he is reminded of something a peasant in Mexico said to him, "The men in power change, but the people go on suffering." This exchange occurred in "Spring Break Adventure".


At 25:06 on the DVD, the file folder Nguyễn Ái Quốc hands to the American diplomat is titled "Une Petition de la Part de Vietnamiens". This is French for "A Petition from the Vietnamese". The document inside the folder (not seen until 42:32) is titled "Revendications de Peuple Annamite". This is French for "Annamite People's Claims". Annam was a name used for Vietnam during its period as a Chinese colony until 1945. In reality, Nguyễn Ái Quốc delivered his petition in June, not May.


The train that brings the German delegation at last to Paris is engine 524-1110. This same engine was seen in several previous episodes.


Indy paraphrases Lawrence's own words back at him from a letter he'd once sent Indy, "This war had to be fought. Above all, it had to be won. The alternative was unthinkable." Indy received this letter from Lawrence in "Spring Break Adventure".


The Eiffel Tower is again seen in the background as Indy walks back to his hotel at 28:43 on the DVD.


The leader of the German delegation is Count Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau (1869-1928). He was the real world German diplomat assigned to lead the delegation at the Paris Peace Conference.


At 32:42 on the DVD, the opera Indy attends with Lawrence and Bell is Jules Massenet's 1894 lyrical comedy Thaïs, based on the 1890 novel by Anatole France.


Toynbee regretfully tells Indy his belief that, due to the fierce conditions demanded of Germany in the peace treaty, the war he just fought in and his friends died in will be fought all over again in ten or twenty years. He is predicting what becomes in history, World War II.


German delegation member Jurgen tells Indy he fought at Verdun and Indy responds that he did as well. Indy's time at Verdun was depicted in "Demons of Deception".


The treaty signing was filmed in the Ceremonial Hall of the Archbishop's Palace in Kromeriz, Czech Republic.


In reality, the German signing of the Treaty of Versailles took place on June 28, when T.E. Lawrence had already left Paris for Cairo.


Though the German government reluctantly agrees to sign the Treaty of Versailles weighted fiercely against the nation, Count Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau refuses to sign it himself. The man who performs the signing is the German politician Hermann Müller (1876-1931). This is true to history. Müller would go on to become the Chancellor of Germany in 1920 and again in 1928-1930.


The cannon salute (and later nighttime fireworks) after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles takes place on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles at 41:56 on the DVD.


Indy witnesses the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, even though this episode allegedly ends in the month May, while in real world history, it was signed on June 28.


Indy and Lawrence say farewell at the train station. This was shot at Prague's Main Railway Station, which has previously appeared in several past episodes. The train they walk past at the beginning of the scene is engine 524-1110 again. Indy is seen riding this same engine to Le Havre as he heads home at the end of the episode.


Lawrence speculates with Indy that perhaps Prince Feisal will be given Iraq. Indeed, the British made him King of the British Mandate of Iraq in 1921.


Lawrence half-jokingly asks Indy if he's going to pursue a glittering career in diplomacy and become Ambassador to the Court of St. James. The Court of St James's is the royal court for the Sovereign of the United Kingdom.


Memorable Dialog


the war to end all wars is over.mp3

a new day of liberty dawns.mp3

the gentle arts of diplomacy.mp3

a new world order.mp3

those who forget the lessons of history.mp3

get out of this business with clean hands.mp3

presidents come and go.mp3

the men in power change, but the people go on suffering.mp3

the result is never intended.mp3

that must have been grim.mp3

drag Europe down with her.mp3

justice is what you shall have.mp3

isn't victory beastly?.mp3

I dare say we'll find him something.mp3

that your idea of diplomacy?.mp3

no one is satisfied.mp3

I'm going to study archaeology.mp3

it might have been worse.mp3

one day I'm going to have a medal of my own.mp3 


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