Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points

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OIB REVISIONS – History Key term: 14 points It was a statement the United States President Woodrow Wilson made that the Great War was being fought for a moral cause and for post-war peace in Europe. The Europeans generally welcomed it, but his main allies such as Clemenceau, David Lloyd George or Vittorio Emmanuel Orlando were sceptical of the application of Wilsonian idealism. Wilson hadn’t entered the war with any affinity with the long festering, tribal disputes between the Allies and Germany. If America was to fight, he would unlink the war with nationalistic disputes or ambitions. Wilson’s speech was a response to Lenin’s Decree on peace of November 1917, immediately after the October revolutions. The speech proposed an immediate…show more content…
6. "The evacuation of all Russian territory and such a settlement of all questions affecting Russia as will secure the best and freest cooperation of the other nations of the world in obtaining for her an unhampered and unembarrassed opportunity for the independent determination of her own political development and national policy and assure her of a sincere welcome into the society of free nations under institutions of her own choosing; and, more than a welcome, assistance also of every kind that she may need and may herself desire. The treatment accorded Russia by her sister nations in the months to come will be the acid test of their goodwill, of their comprehension of her needs as distinguished from their own interests, and of their intelligent and unselfish sympathy." At the time, the Bolsheviks had seized power on Russia and were determined to withdraw from the war. The Germans were in the process of enforcing the humiliating Treaty of Brest-Litovsk on them. Even though we often refer to the Treaty of Versailles asan extremely unfair treaty, Brest-Litovsk was far worse. 7. "Belgium, the whole world will agree, must be evacuated and restored, without any attempt to limit the sovereignty which she enjoys in common with all other free nations. No other single act will serve as this will serve to restore confidence among the nations in the laws which they have themselves set and determined for the government of their relations with
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