Self-Determination In The French Revolution

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accordance with the leagues regulation. Smuts plan was confined only to the territories of Eastern Europe and to the Near East which the Peace Conference had to determine their futures whereas the German colonies “inhabited by barbarians” could not stand by themselves and thus, the idea of self-determination in the European sense for their part was “impracticable.” Robert Lansing, Wilson´s secretary of state, noted later that the principle of self-determination did not apply to “races, peoples, or communities whose state of barbarism or ignorance deprive them of the capacity to choose intelligently their political affiliations” He was convinced of the “danger of putting such ideas into the midst of certain races,” which was bound to “create

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