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What points of Wilson's 14 points alarmed and angered the British and the French?

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Anglo Colombian School History HL Presented To: Mr. Simon Atkinson Essay on 14 Points Daniel Aguirre 10.1 August, 2009 Which parts of the 14 points alarmed and angered the British and the French and why? After the First World War ended the 'Big three' had to agree on many things to establish peace over Europe and other regions. They had to agree on many things and president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson created the fourteen points, points to be followed after the war. However, there were some points that upset the British and the French, each in a different way. Throughout this essay you will see which points upset them and why. The second, of the fourteen points, was the first one in which they did not agree. ...read more.

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This point meant that anyone could trade with anyone, no matter if it was a free country or a colony. This upset both the British and the French as they both had overseas colonies and had total control of trading over their colonies, so all the gains would be for them. With this point, their colonies could not only trade with them, but with any other country that was willing to do so and this would reduce the gains that their colonizers had. Another disagreement was on point four, which said "Adequate guarantees given and taken that national armaments will be reduced to the lowest point consistent with domestic safety." this point wanted to achieve disarmament to the most extent in order to achieve peace easier. ...read more.

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This upset both the British and the French as they both had a large overseas Empire. They wanted to maintain their rule over their colonies as it was a way to demonstrate power and it was also useful for them as they could receive what was produced or found in their colonies. In this case, if their colonies decided to free themselves they would not have that much power or could not take advantage of what was traded from their colonies into their countries. In conclusion, four of Wilson's Fourteen Points angered and alarmed the British and the French. These were points two, three, four and five. Each one of those had a reason to anger or alarm the other countries in the conference. At last, many of Wilson's Fourteen Points were not established in the post-war treaties. Source: Traynor's book. Page 105. ...read more.

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