Woodrow Wilson Was Responsible for the Death of the Treaty of Versailles

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Woodrow Wilson had helped to win the war and end the massacre. The U.S emerged as a new Great Power in the world and Wilson would be the one most responsible for shaping the peace. The people of Europe had high expectations for the “American Prophet.” Wilson’s brainchild was the Treaty of Versailles, based on his Fourteen Points. The Fourteen Points were a series of points that Wilson believed would prevent another war on such a massive scale. One of these points saw to the creation of the League of Nations, an alliance between nations that was based on a system called, Collective Security. This point is a prime example of why many consider Wilson a Visionary Idealist. Collective Security involved member nations of the League of Nations coming to the aid of a country threatened by a belligerent nation. This system was a completely new thing as peace between nations was usually kept by a series of treaties that could be violated at any moment without repercussions. The reason why the League of Nations was idealistic was because Britain and France would be forced to accept Germany’s induction. Britain and France would be the last countries to come to Germany’s aid after the war and now Wilson was asking them, in a way, to simply forgive and forget. Actions such as these have caused historians to debate whether the TOV was killed because Wilson was a man too ahead of his time, and his Fourteen Points were to idealistic for the other World Powers to accept, or it was Wilson himself that prevented the Treaty from being truly effective in preventing future wars because of his unwillingness to yield to even a single compromise. Wilson was indeed a visionary idealist, made evident by his assumption that nations had the ability to simply get along after the war. He saw the best in men, mostly due to his inexperience with foreign affairs and the fact that he was a progressive.
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