President Wilson was determined to achieve peace. He based his peacemaking efforts in the academic argument Fourteen Points. Ideas of freedom of the seas, internationalism and justice for all were embedded in his idealistic approach, in an attempt to making long lasting peace.
The Fourteen Points were enthusiastically accepted by the United States, Allies and even Lenin – setting up the political mood as co-operative and internationalized.
The summary of those points is as follows:
1. No more secret agreements ("Open covenants openly arrived at").
2. Free navigation of all seas.
3. An end to all economic barriers between countries.
4. Countries to reduce weapon numbers.
5. All decisions regarding the colonies should be impartial.
6. The German Army is to be removed from Russia. Russia should be left to develop her own political set-up.
7. Belgium should be independent like before the war.
8. France should be fully liberated and allowed to recover Alsace-Lorraine
9. All Italians are to be allowed to live in Italy. Italy's borders are to be "along clearly recognizable lines of nationality."
10. Self-determination should be allowed for all those living in Austria-Hungary.
11. Self-determination and guarantees of independence should be allowed for the Balkan states.
12. The Turkish people should be governed by the Turkish government. Non-Turks in the old Turkish Empire should govern themselves.
13. An independent Poland should be created which should have access to the sea.
14. A League of Nations should be set up to guarantee the political and territorial independence of all states.
By analyzing the Fourteen Points, Wilson’s goals and ideology could be broken into segments. However, ana...
... middle of paper ...
...illes Settlement: Was it Foredoomed to Failure? Boston: D.C. Heath and Company, 1960.
MacMillan, M. Paris 1919, New York: Random House, 2002.
Milestones: 1914-1920: Wilson’s Fourteen Points. https://history.state.gov Date Accessed: 04/04/2014.
Mombauer, Annika. The Origins of the First World War: Controversies and Consensus. London: Routledge, 1989.
President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points http://www.ourdocuments.gov/ Date Accessed 04/04/2014.
Stokesbury, James L. A Short History of WWI. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2008.
The First World War. http://www.britpolitics.co.uk/ Date Accessed 04/05/2014.
The Great War. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ Date Accessed: 04/06/2014.
Woodrow Wilson The Fourteen Points http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/wilsonfourteenpoints.htm Date Accessed 04/04/2014.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- These two outsiders in the First World War have strikingly similar peace documents from their leaders. Lenin’s “Decree on Peace” seems to be a rough draft for Woodrow Wilson’s “Fourteen Points”. The Fourteen Points seem to be an answer to the Decree of Peace statement of, “At the same time… ambiguity or secrecy” in paragraph seven. In this statement, Lenin clearly infers that his decree of peace is not an ultimatum; however, he is open to consider alterations to this decree. Wilson agrees with this statement with the introduction before the Fourteen Points in paragraph five, by stating “The Russian Representatives… as was desired.” The ending of that sentence is key in understanding that thi... [tags: World War I, World War II, Treaty of Versailles]
1033 words (3 pages)
- The Fourteen Points were created by Woodrow Wilson, the president of the United States in World War I, and promoted world peace. The points were slit into three groups and covered ways to prevent another war from occurring, boundary changes, and an international organization to address diplomatic crisis. Wilson called World War I the “War to end all wars” and was taking steps to make it so. The Fourteen points, he believed, would be readily accepted among the world powers and would end any further wars.... [tags: war, boundary, treaties]
601 words (1.7 pages)
- World War I was a period when countries faced economic, political, social, and cultural problems, which threatened the survival of democracy and freedom and needed a fast and effective resolution which was presented to the world by Woodrow Wilson called the Fourteen Points. The Fourteen Points offered the world a democratic resolute, that was effective, reliable and a basis for long lasting peace, unlike the Treaty of Versailles which was a non democratic approach to the problem since it contained a war-guilt clause which forced Germany to admit sole responsibility for starting World War I, although other European nations had been guilty of provoking diplomatic crises before the war, also th... [tags: Post-World War I, UN]
936 words (2.7 pages)
- “The Election of Theodore Roosevelt, 1912” Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States, was one of the most influential presidents of all time according to many people. Teddy was in office for a total of 8 years or 2 terms. Theodore was sworn into office after the assassination of President William Mckinley by Leon Czolgosz in 1901. Later Roosevelt competed against Alton B. Parker in the 1904 presidential election and ultimately won. Theodore Roosevelt was a type of president that was a people person, as well as a very determined person.... [tags: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson]
850 words (2.4 pages)
- On January 8th, 1918, United States President Woodrow Wilson gave his “Fourteen Points” statement, which declared that World War I was being fought for a moral cause and calling for postwar peace in Europe. Most of the time Europeans welcomed Wilson’s intervention, but his allies Georges Clemenceau of France, David Lloyd George of Great Britain, and Vittorio Emanuele Orlando of Italy were all skeptical of the applicability of Wilson’s idealism. The speech Wilson made on January 8th, 1918 laid out a policy (free trade, open agreements, democracy and self-determination).... [tags: speech, war, policy]
656 words (1.9 pages)
- President Woodrow Wilson was elected in the year 1912. He was over all a good president, however was not very familiar with foreign policy. His thought was that America should stay neutral and not get involved. This was true, America had enough problems of its own to worry about. Wilson was an honest man and wanted to keep the promises he made during his campaign. He began passing new laws including the Clayton Antitrust Act which made labor unions legal (Joseph, 19). World War I started in Europe in July of 1914.... [tags: american presidents, 14 points]
622 words (1.8 pages)
- Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 20, 1856 at Staunton, Virginia. He was the third of four children of, Joseph Ruggles Wilson, a Presbyterian minister, and Janet “Jessie” Woodrow Wilson. When Wilson was two years old, his family moved to Ohio, where his father became the chief executive of the Southern Presbyterian Church. Religion played a huge role in Wilson’s life, were not only his father was a Presbyterian minister, but his grandfather, James Wilson, was also a Presbyterian minister who became an Ohio legislator and journalist.... [tags: Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States]
1241 words (3.5 pages)
- The two pieces that I will be discussing are Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points speech and the article written by Matthias Matthijs and R. Daniel Kelemen, Europe Reborn: How to Save the European Union From Irrelevance. I will be explaining what points both pieces are trying to make as well as what points of view they are coming from. In Woodrow Wilson’s speech he is approaching it from a liberal view and Matthijs and Kelemen are similarly using the perspective to say what the EU ought to do to stay in power.... [tags: European Union, Europe, Woodrow Wilson]
1512 words (4.3 pages)
- During his two term presidency, President Woodrow Wilson had a series of achievements and failures. He was a very hard working president that promoted Democracy, was successful when it came to both foreign and domestic policy, and had the traits of a true leader. He cared for the people he represented, and showed it in more ways than one. For the reasons stated, Woodrow Wilson is a president worthy of an A. Woodrow Wilson had always believed in leaving the world a better place than he found it, and was driven by a sense of mission and high ideals.... [tags: Woodrow Wilson, World War I, Treaty of Versailles]
1243 words (3.6 pages)
- President Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson was the first Southerner to be elected president after the Civil War. Born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Va., he was the son of a Presbyterian minister who supported the Confederates. Wilson assumed the presidency after a whirlwind career as a college professor, university president and New Jersey governor. However, Wilson left the Oval Office just as heartbroken as the Confederate soldiers that returned home when he was a boy. Woodrow Wilson was born as Thomas Woodrow Wilson – the son of Janet Woodrow and Joseph Ruggles Wilson, a Presbyterian minister.... [tags: Biography Biographies Woodrow Wilson Essays]
4348 words (12.4 pages)
- How Are Rising Sea Levels Affecting Our Comunities?
- A Critique of Nassim Taleb's The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
- Alfred Sloan, a Brief Biography
- Applicability of Lean Management Leadership for Employee Resource Groups
- Barn Burning by William Faulkner
- Ideal Roman Women: Lucretia and Dido