The Effects of WWI

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Woodrow Wilson created the Fourteen Points in order to show what America wanted from the war. Out of the fourteen points, the first five were allotted towards bringing about general peace that would benefit economically and socially benefit the countries that fought in World War I. Wilson wanted to obtain peace for the Allies and “drive a wedge between the Kaiser's government and the German people by holding out to them the option of a humane and reasonable peace” (Brower). This intended to lead the Central Powers to agree with the Treaty of Versailles. Another objective of these points was to remove economic barriers for international trade and increase safety. Previously, the United States had dangerous experiences travelling by ship for the sole purpose of trading, due to the European conflicts that were occurring before America was involved with the war. With the inclusion of these points, trade could occur easily between the United States and Europe, since there would be fewer restrictions and hazards to shipping goods. There would also be diplomacy between nations rather than secret agreements. The idea behind these first five points was to create a general setup for peaceful relationships between the countries in Europe as well as the United States. Wilson’s next eight points were dedicated to specific guidelines relating to territories, and the last point created a League of Nations. Under these points several countries would gain independence, including the Balkans and Poland (Brower). Countries, such as Serbia, Montenegro and Poland would also have access to the sea (Brower). Additionally, by creating these points, Wilson hoped to keep Russia fighting on the Allies’ side as well (Hastedt). Furthermore, these points wo... ... middle of paper ... ...rican History Online. Facts On File, Inc., 2005. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. Panthaki, Neville, and Spencer C. Tucker. "Czechoslovakia: World War II." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. Roberts, Priscilla. "U.S. Intervention in Russia Following World War I." American History Online. Facts On File, 2003. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. Roberts, William J. "France Between World War I and World War II." Modern World History Online. Facts On File News Services, 2004. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. Willmott, Hedley P. "World War I (Overview)." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 28 Oct. 2013. "Yugoslavia." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 20 13. Zabecki, David T. "Poland: World War II." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2013.

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