Weekly reading

Woodrow Wilson, “Fourteen Points for World Peace”

2017/08/31 10:17am Woodrow Wilson, “Fourteen Points for World Peace”<

As World War I was drawing to a close, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson outlined fourteen points that he believed would be the basis for world peace. It included an international body of nations (League of Nations), freedom of navigation of the seas, respect for national borders, and changing colonial rule to accommodate the rights and interests of native people. It was widely celebrated at the time and encouraged those, such as Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh, who sought to better the lives of their people. But the speech was forgotten as nations pursued their self-interest, which contributed two decades later to the outbreak of World War II. After reading the speech, consider how history would have been different if Wilson’s words had been heeded.