1 The principle of self-determination was included as one of the 14 points that President W Wilson had declared as the aims of the future peace settlements (Fourteen Points of Wilson ; Peace Treaties; Peace Treaties after World War I). It was intended to guide the dissolution or partial dismemberment of the losing parties to World War I, ie the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the German Reich (Dismemberment of States; see also History of International Law, World War I to World War II). After World War I, the establishment of a special system...
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