Atlantic Charter Is Signed (Chronology of European History)
Article abstract: The Atlantic Charter is signed, creating guidelines that have a more profound impact on the evolution of the postwar global order than its framers may have originally intended.
Summary of Event
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill secretly met August 7-12, 1941, along the quiet coast of Placentia Bay harbor in Newfoundland. By summit’s end, the Atlantic Charter was approved by both leaders. Although it was never signed by either party and was redrafted numerous times, the final text was telegraphed to London and Washington. The Charter established common principles shared by both countries’ national policies and their ambitions for a more secure global future.
The text contained in its body eight principles. First, both countries sought no aggrandizement, territorial or other. Second, they desired to see no territorial changes that did not accord with the freely expressed wishes of the people concerned. Third, they respected the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live; and they wished to see sovereign rights and self-government restored to those who had been forcibly deprived of them. Fourth, they endeavored, with due respect for their existent obligations, to provide all states, great or small, victor or vanquished, with equal access to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which were needed for their...
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