I 14 punti di Wilson


(originally posted by the Avalon Project of the Yale University)

8 January 1918:
President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points

It will be our wish and purpose that the processes of peace, when they are begun, shall be absolutely open and that they shall involve and permit henceforth no secret understandings of any kind. The day of conquest and aggrandizement is gone by; so is also the day of secret covenants entered into in the interest of particular governments and likely at some unlooked-for moment to upset the peace of the world. It is this happy fact, now clear to the view of every public man whose thoughts do not still linger in an age that is dead and gone, which makes it possible for every nation whose purposes are consistent with justice and the peace of the world to avow nor or at any other time the objects it has in view.

We entered this war because violations of right had occurred which touched us to the quick and made the life of our own people impossible unless they were corrected and the world secure once for all against their recurrence.

What we demand in this war, therefore, is nothing peculiar to ourselves. It is that the world be made fit and safe to live in; and particularly that it be made safe for every peace-loving nation which, like our own, wishes to live its own life, determine its own institutions, be assured of justice and fair dealing by the other peoples of the world as against force and selfish aggression. All the peoples of the world are in effect partners in this interest, and for our own part we see very clearly that unless justice be done to others it will not be done to us.

The programme of the world’s peace, therefore, is our programme; and that programme, the only possible programme, as we see it, is this:

I. Open covenants of peace, openly arrived at, after which there shall be no private international understandings of any kind but diplomacy shall proceed always frankly and in the public view.

II. Absolute freedom of navigation upon the seas, outside territorial waters, alike in peace and in war, except as the seas may be closed in whole or in part by international action for the enforcement of international covenants.

III. The removal, so far as possible, of all economic barriers and the establishment of an equality of trade conditions among all the nations consenting to the peace and associating themselves for its maintenance.

IV. Adequate guarantees given and taken that national armaments will be reduced to the lowest point consistent with domestic safety.

V. A free, open-minded, and absolutely impartial adjustment of all colonial claims, based upon a strict observance of the principle that in determining all such questions of sovereignty the interests of the populations concerned must have equal weight with the equitable claims of the government whose title is to be determined.

VI. The evacuation of all Russian territory and such a settlement of all questions affecting Russia as will secure the best and freest cooperation of the other nations of the world in obtaining for her an unhampered and unembarrassed opportunity for the independent determination of her own political development and national policy and assure her of a sincere welcome into the society of free nations under institutions of her own choosing; and, more than a welcome, assistance also of every kind that she may need and may herself desire. The treatment accorded Russia by her sister nations in the months to come will be the acid test of their good will, of their comprehension of her needs as distinguished from their own interests, and of their intelligent and unselfish sympathy.

VII. Belgium, the whole world will agree, must be evacuated and restored, without any attempt to limit the sovereignty which she enjoys in common with all other free nations. No other single act will serve as this will serve to restore confidence among the nations in the laws which they have themselves set and determined for the government of their relations with one another. Without this healing act the whole structure and validity of international law is forever impaired.

VIII. All French territory should be freed and the invaded portions restored, and the wrong done to France by Prussia in 1871 in the matter of Alsace-Lorraine, which has unsettled the peace of the world for nearly fifty years, should be righted, in order that peace may once more be made secure in the interest of all.

IX. A readjustment of the frontiers of Italy should be effected along clearly recognizable lines of nationality.

X. The peoples of Austria-Hungary, whose place among the nations we wish to see safeguarded and assured, should be accorded the freest opportunity to autonomous development.

XI. Rumania, Serbia, and Montenegro should be evacuated; occupied territories restored; Serbia accorded free and secure access to the sea; and the relations of the several Balkan states to one another determined by friendly counsel along historically established lines of allegiance and nationality; and international guarantees of the political and economic independence and territorial integrity of the several Balkan states should be entered into.

XII. The turkish portion of the present Ottoman Empire should be assured a secure sovereignty, but the other nationalities which are now under Turkish rule should be assured an undoubted security of life and an absolutely unmolested opportunity of autonomous development, and the Dardanelles should be permanently opened as a free passage to the ships and commerce of all nations under international guarantees.

XIII. An independent Polish state should be erected which should include the territories inhabited by indisputably Polish populations, which should be assured a free and secure access to the sea, and whose political and economic independence and territorial integrity should be guaranteed by international covenant.

XIV. A general association of nations must be formed under specific covenants for the purpose of affording mutual guarantees of political independence and territorial integrity to great and small states alike.

In regard to these essential rectifications of wrong and assertions of right we feel ourselves to be intimate partners of all the governments and peoples associated together against the Imperialists. We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end.

For such arrangements and covenants we are willing to fight and to continue to fight until they are achieved; but only because we wish the right to prevail and desire a just and stable peace such as can be secured only by removing the chief provocations to war, which this programme does remove. We have no jealousy of German greatness, and there is nothing in this programme that impairs it. We grudge her no achievement or distinction of learning or of pacific enterprise such as have made her record very bright and very enviable. We do not wish to injure her or to block in any way her legitimate influence or power. We do not wish to fight her either with arms or with hostile arrangements of trade if she is willing to associate herself with us and the other peace- loving nations of the world in covenants of justice and law and fair dealing. We wish her only to accept a place of equality among the peoples of the world, — the new world in which we now live, — instead of a place of mastery.


I “Quattordici punti” è il nome dato ad un discorso pronunciato dal presidente Woodrow Wilson l’8 gennaio 1918 davanti al Senato degli Stati Unitie contenente i propositi di Wilson stesso in merito all’ordine mondiale seguente la prima guerra mondiale, basati su appunto quattordici principi di base.

(fonte: storiacontemporanea.eu)

1 – Pubblici trattati di pace, stabiliti pubblicamente e dopo i quali non vi siano più intese internazionali particolari di alcun genere, ma solo una democrazia che proceda sempre francamente e in piena pubblicità.

2 – Assoluta libertà di navigazione per mare, fuori delle acque territoriali, così in pace come in guerra, eccetto i casi nei quali i mari saranno chiusi in tutto o in parte da un’azione internazionale, diretta ad imporre il rispetto delle convenzioni internazionali.

3 – Soppressione, per quanto è possibile, di tutte le barriere economiche ed eguaglianza di trattamento in materia commerciale per tutte le nazioni che consentano alla pace, e si associno per mantenerla.

4 – Scambio di efficaci garanzie che gli armamenti dei singoli stati saranno ridotti al minimo compatibile con la sicurezza interna.

5 – Regolamento liberamente dibattuto con spirito largo e assolutamente imparziale di tutte le rivendicazioni coloniali, fondato sulla stretta osservanza del principio che nel risolvere il problema della sovranità gli interessi delle popolazioni in causa abbiano lo stesso peso delle ragionevoli richieste dei governi, i cui titoli debbono essere stabiliti.

6 – Evacuazione di tutti i territori russi e regolamento di tutte le questioni che riguardano la Russia… Il trattamento accordato alla Russia dalle nazioni sorelle nel corso dei prossimi mesi sarà anche la pietra di paragone della buona volontà, della comprensione dei bisogni della Russia, astrazion fatta dai propri interessi, la prova della loro simpatia intelligente e generosa.

7 – Il Belgio – e tutto il mondo sarà di una sola opinione su questo punto – dovrà essere evacuato e restaurato, senza alcun tentativo per limitarne l’indipendenza di cui gode al pari delle altre nazioni libere.

8 – Il territorio della Francia dovrà essere completamente liberato e le parti invase restaurate. Il torto fatto alla Francia dalla Prussia nel 1871, a proposito dell’Alsazia–Lorena, torto che ha compromesso la pace del mondo per quasi 50 anni, deve essere riparato affinché la pace possa essere assicurata di nuovo nell’interesse di tutti.

9 – Una rettifica delle frontiere italiane dovrà essere fatta secondo le linee di demarcazione chiaramente riconoscibili tra le due nazionalità.

10 – Ai popoli dell’Austria–Ungheria, alla quale noi desideriamo di assicurare un posto tra le nazioni, deve essere accordata la più ampia possibilità per il loro sviluppo autonomo.

11 – La Romania, la Serbia ed il Montenegro dovranno essere evacuati, i territori occupati dovranno essere restaurati; alla Serbia sarà accordato un libero e sicuro accesso al mare, e le relazioni specifiche di alcuni stati balcani dovranno essere stabilite da un amichevole scambio di vedute, tenendo conto delle somiglianze e delle differenze di nazionalità che la storia ha creato, e dovranno essere fissate garanzie internazionali dell’indipendenza politica ed economica e dell’integrità territoriale di alcuni stati balcanici.

12 – Alle regioni turche dell’attuale impero ottomano dovrà essere assicurata una sovranità non contestata, ma alle altre nazionalità, che ora sono sotto il giogo turco, si dovranno garantire un’assoluta sicurezza d’esistenza e la piena possibilità di uno sviluppo autonomo e senza ostacoli. I Dardanelli dovranno rimanere aperti al libero passaggio delle navi mercantili di tutte le nazioni sotto la protezione di garanzie internazionali.

13 – Dovrà essere creato uno stato indipendente polacco, che si estenderà sui territori abitati da popolazioni indiscutibilmente polacche; gli dovrà essere assicurato un libero e indipendente accesso al mare, e la sua indipendenza politica ed economica, la sua integrità dovranno essere garantite da convenzioni internazionali.

14 – Dovrà essere creata un’associazione delle nazioni, in virtù di convenzioni formali, allo scopo di promuovere a tutti gli stati, grandi e piccoli indistintamente, mutue garanzie d’indipendenza e di integrità territoriale.




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