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How successful were Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points?

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President Woodrow Wilson made his Fourteen Points with the goal of preventing future wars. Clearly, when viewed in this light, they were a complete failure. Some of them were successful in the short term since they did lead to the creation of certain nation-states, the reduction of the size of certain militaries, as well as the short-lived League of Nations. Needless to say, the ramp-up of militarism in Europe and Asia in the 1930s and World War II meant that Wilson's goals ultimately failed.

When President Wilson first brought the US into World War I, he did so with the lofty ideal of making the world forever safe for democracy. This is reflected in his idealistic Fourteen Points. He hoped that peace and victory would usher in a new age of diplomacy and multi-national cooperation. That is what his Fourteen Points were the blueprint for. However, the European powers and the United States Senate did not share this lofty sense of idealism. They wanted to take punitive actions against...

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