Fourteen Points

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(8 January 1918)

A US peace programme for a just settlement at the end of World War I contained in President Woodrow Wilson's address to Congress. They comprised freedom of the seas, equality of trade conditions, reduction of armaments, adjustment of colonial claims, evacuation of Russian territory and of Belgium, the return to France of Alsace-Lorraine, recognition of nationalist aspirations in eastern and central Europe, freedom for subject peoples in the Turkish empire, independence for Poland, and the establishment of a ‘general association of nations’. Accepted, with some reluctance, by the Allies, they became in large part the basis for the negotiations of the Versailles Peace Settlement.

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