İhsan Şerif Kaymaz

Keywords: Wilson principles, self-determination, liberal imperialism, First World War, Ottoman Empire

Abstract

Since 1918 when the Wilson principles were declared many scholars and writers, not being able to analyze them properly or just thinking within the norrow ideological parameters of liberalism, perceived those principles as a formulation of an ideal world of justice, liberty and equality. Ignorantly or purposfully, it has generally been overlooked that their actual target was to re-build imperialism in a liberal sense appropriate to the conditions of twentieth century. In the article below, main aims and characteristics of the principles attributed to the name of President Wilson, have been interrogated.