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What was the Atlantic Charter?

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The Atlantic Charter was a statement issued by the governments of the United States and Great Britain that specified the Allies' goals for the post-war world. Published on Aug. 14, 1941, the document was formally accepted by all of the Allied powers on Jan. 1, 1942.

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The Atlantic Charter defined eight principles to guide the Allies' actions after the defeat of Germany. The Allies would not seek to enlarge their own territories, nor would they alter existing borders unless asked to do so by the people affected by the changes. The Allies would guarantee self-government in all countries and restore such governments to the conquered nations. Additionally, they would encourage countries to both reduce trade barriers and establish a coherent system of economic regulations. Finally, the Allies also wanted to establish a lasting peace, permit safe travel on the seas and encourage disarmament.

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