Woodrow Wilson's Presidency Questions and Answers

Start Your Free Trial

What were the main ideas of Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points?

The main ideas of Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points were open diplomacy, open access to the seas, national self-determination, disarmament, and the creation of the League of Nations.

Expert Answers info

Phillip Holland eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write1,861 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

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 World War I 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...

(The entire section contains 4 answers and 1,084 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Bertie Watson eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write102 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Law and Politics

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Tim Mbiti eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2014

write1,737 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Business

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Michael Koren eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write2,982 answers

starTop subjects are History, Law and Politics, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial