Woodrow Wilson's Presidency

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What were the main ideas of Woodrow Wilson's 14 points?

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Wilson's Fourteen Points were designed to prevent another world war from happening. One of the key points was a push for open diplomacy. This was important since the mechanisms that brought about WWI were formed with the creation of secret alliances. Another part of Wilson's Fourteen Points was the free and open access to the seas. This was important since the German U-boat was one of the factors that led to the United States being involved in the war. Britain objected to this because it would negate British naval power. It is also important to note that during the negotiations that Germany still faced a blockade.

Another key part of the Fourteen Points was a scaling back of arms in general. Wilson believed that the buildup of munitions led to the environment being favorable for war. France and Britain did not agree with this idea because it would put them at a the mercy of a potentially rearmed Germany in the future though both nations had financed a great deal of their war...

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