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'Synopsis of our Obligations to our Allies and Others' [‎140v] (10/18)

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The record is made up of 1 file (9 folios, including 3 maps). It was created in 6 Feb 1918. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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The points tabulated below
a) . e . those distinguished by
President Wilson as being ^
l« 6l ie. The list formed the
basis of Counts Hertlmg and
Czernin’s replies, and is tnere
tore the most convenient avail
able, though not, of . c ‘ > ' irse ’
necessarily exhaustive.
Source. — President Wilson’s
sneech of January 8, Im®. *
renorted hi the "Times or
January 9 (unless other source
Source. -Kr. Lloyd George’s
speech of January b, 1918, as
reported in the “ Times of
January 7 (unless other source
Source. —M. Fiction's speech
of December 28, 1917, as
reported in the “ Times ” of
December 29 (unless other
source statedn
ij alun ter Ms
Austria -Hun gar y.
Peoples of Austria-
Hungary to be given an
opportunity of auto
nomous self-develop
Peoples must be given
genuine self-government
on democratic principles.
No desire to dismember
the Empire, but provisos
made as to peoples of
Italian and Roumanian
blood. (See points 4
and 6a.)
(Armenia, Syria, &c.)
Non-Turkish nation
alities of Ottoman Em
pire to be assured auto
nomous development.
Dardanelles to be per
manently free to all
Arabia, Armenia,
Syria, Mesopotamia, and
Palestine entitled to
recognition of their
separate nationalities.
Black Sea to be opened
to all ships.
Armenia and Syria
named as places to
which principle laid
down in 5a applies.
Gerraan Colonies.
Impartial adjustment
of colonial claims; in
terests of natives to have
equal weight, with
claims of Governments
asserting such.
Natives to be placed
under an administra
tion acceptable to them
league of Nations.
An Association of Na
tions affording guaran
tees of political and
territorial independence
for all States.
International organi
sation must be set up to
establish law instead of
war as the means of
settling international
l^eedom of Seas,
Complete freedom of
navigation outside terri
torial waters both in
peace' and war, except'
when seas closed by
international action.
Economic Rights.
Removal as far as
possible of all economic
No secret diplomacy.
Adequate guarantees
for the reduction of
Armaments to be
limited by international
Foreign Office,
February 6 , 1918 .

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In this document, the author outlines the basic details of agreements, treaties and general obligations which exist between Britain and the following countries and individuals towards the end of the First World War (1914-1918):

  • France;
  • Italy;
  • Russia;
  • Roumania [Romania];
  • King of Hedjaz;
  • Japan;
  • China;
  • Belgium;
  • Serbia;
  • Portugal;
  • Greece;
  • Sweden;
  • Holland;
  • Switzerland;
  • 'the Poles';
  • 'the Jews';
  • Jugo-Slavs;
  • Czecho-Slovaks;
  • Albanians;
  • Armenians;
  • Persia;
  • Afghanistan.

The document was printed for the War Cabinet in 1918 by the Foreign Office, and is initialled by 'H G N' whose full name is unknown

Following the synopsis of relations between Britain and other international powers, there is a table between folios 139v-144 which details the 'war aims' of the Americans, British, French, Italians, Russians, Austrians, Germans and Turkish relating to various 'issues', and notes the degree of agreement between the aforementioned countries on these issues. The 'terms' of each country which are noted in the document are often taken from speeches or statements made by their leaders. In the middle of the table are three maps (ff 141-143) which reflect the details of some of the agreements mentioned in the synopsis.

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1 file (9 folios, including 3 maps)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at f 136, and terminates at f 144, as it is part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Pagination: the volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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English in Latin script
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