Official Statements of War Aims and Peace Proposals, December 1916 to November 1918

Official Statements of War Aims and Peace Proposals, December 1916 to November 1918

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Official Statements of War Aims and Peace Proposals, December 1916 to November 1918

Official Statements of War Aims and Peace Proposals, December 1916 to November 1918

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The documents here gathered together are representative rather than exhaustive of the peace proposals, statements of war aims or peace terms, and replies thereto which have been made since December 12, 1916. Nevertheless, it is believed that no important utterance has been omitted. In general, few semi-official or private utterances have been included. It is believed that the exceptions will explain themselves, as in the case of the three speeches of former Prime Minister Asquith, which were included in order to give some evidence of the unity of all parties in England on the matter of war aims.

No attention has been paid to the various subterranean currents of opinion or events of which the official utterances were often the expression, and which were frequently of more importance in themselves than the formal statements. It is assumed that the reader will have this in mind in using the collection.

The texts have in most cases been cut down to eliminate material not bearing on the topic under examination.

It is a pleasure to add that the texts were collected and annotated by Mr. Pitman B. Potter, of the Division of International Law.

JAMES BROWN SCOTT, Director of the Division of International Law.

Washington, D. C., November 11, 1918.

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