ISS 2.6.08 - Woodrow Wilson and the idea of National...

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Woodrow Wilson and the idea of National Self-Determination I. After World War I a. Prevailing mood i. Collapse of German empire—created new Weimer Republic, a short term democratic government ii. Austro-Hungarian empire was diminished iii. Archduke killed 1. he had wanted a triple monarchy iv. the French wanted vengeance from Loraine v. Russian leaders very inept to lead 1. two revolutions a. first was a democratic made Wilson happy i. Marx revolution--Korinski republic, lasted only months b. Second was Bolshevik revolution i. Lenin took over, became socialist/communist government 2. Treaty of Brest-Litovsk II. The Paris Peace Conference a. Prevailing mood i. Arguments between idealist and realists 1. Woodrow was a stubborn idealist a. Went to Versailles without taking a single republican senator with him 2. treaty rejected by U.S. senate ii. Georges Clemenceau (France) iii. David Lloyd George (UK) iv. Vitorio Orlando (Italy) b. National self-determination c. The “old” diplomacy and the “new” diplomacy
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