US President Wilson delivers ‘Peace Without Victory speech’

US President Wilson delivers ‘Peace Without Victory speech’
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1917: January 22


In December 1916 US President Woodrow Wilson had asked for the two warring European sides to send him their conditions for peace. On January 22 of the following year he addressed the Senate calling for a resolution to the conflict on the basis of ‘peace without victory’.

“On the 18th of December last, I addressed an identical note to the governments of the nations now at war requesting them to state, more definitely than they had yet been stated by either group of belligerents, the terms upon which they would deem it possible to make peace. I spoke on behalf of humanity and of the rights of all neutral nations like our own, many of whose most vital interests the war puts in constant jeopardy.

“The Central Powers united in a reply which stated merely that they were ready to meet their antagonists in conference to discuss terms of peace. The Entente powers have replied much more definitely and have stated, in general terms, indeed, but with sufficient definiteness to imply details, the arrangements, guarantees, and acts of reparation which they deem to be the indispensable conditions of a satisfactory settlement. We are that much nearer a definite discussion of the peace which shall end the present war. We are that much nearer the definite discussion of the international concert which must thereafter hold the world at peace.”

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