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Woodrow Wilson and American Internationalism

Woodrow Wilson and American Internationalism


Part of Cambridge Studies in US Foreign Relations

  • Date Published: July 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316615065

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  • In this new work, one of the world's leading historians of US foreign relations, Lloyd E.Ambrosius, addresses enduring questions about American political culture and statecraft by focusing on President Woodrow Wilson and the United States in international relations during and after World War I. Updated to include recent historiography as well as an original introduction and conclusion, Woodrow Wilson and American Internationalism features nine different essays closely linked together by the themes of Wilson's understanding of Americanism, his diplomacy to create a new world order in the wake of World War I, and the legacy of his foreign policy. Examining the exclusive as well as universal dimensions of Wilsonianism, Ambrosius assesses not only Wilson's role during his presidency but also his legacy in defining America's place in world history. Speaking to the transnational turn in American history, Ambrosius shows how Wilson's liberal internationalist vision of a new world order would shape US foreign relations for the next century.

    • Examines Woodrow Wilson's liberal internationalism during and after World War I
    • Shows how the scholarship on Woodrow Wilson and World War I fits in with historiographical trends since the end of the Cold War
    • Challenges the perspective of American exceptionalism as the framework for interpreting American and world history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This collection of essays once again underscores Ambrosius's rank as one of the foremost modern Wilson scholars. Readers will benefit from the author's mastery of issues and from his critical yet judicious assessment of one of the most influential presidents in American history.' Manfred Berg, Heidelberg University, Germany

    'This collection of essays from a leading historian of Woodrow Wilson's foreign policies refracts Wilson's leadership through a variety of lenses, including The Birth of a Nation, the League of Nations, the Armenian issue, and twenty-first century US military interventions. Ambrosius's assessments of the racist underbelly of Wilsonian liberalism and the Wilsonian conviction that US security rested on the promotion of liberal democracies are highly relevant to our own time.' Kristin Hoganson, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

    'Drawing on decades of research as well as recent trends in the historiography of international relations, this collection of articles by Ambrosius skillfully explains the deeply flawed character of 'Wilsonianism,' analyzing in particular its racist and chauvinistic dimensions. Anyone interested in Wilson as well as US foreign policy today should read this timely and important book.' Ross A. Kennedy, Illinois State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316615065
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. US military and diplomatic affairs during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
    2. Making the world safe for democracy
    3. Woodrow Wilson and The Birth of a Nation: American democracy and international relations
    4. The others in Wilsonianism
    5. The Great War, Americanism revisited, and the Anti-Wilson crusade
    6. Woodrow Wilson, Alliances, and the League of Nations
    7. Wilsonian diplomacy and Armenia: the limits of power and ideology
    8. Woodrow Wilson and George W. Bush: historical comparisons of ends and means in their foreign policies
    9. Legacy and reputation.

  • Author

    Lloyd E. Ambrosius, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    Lloyd E. Ambrosius is Emeritus Professor of History and Samuel Clark Waugh Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, which honored him with the Louise Pound-George Howard Distinguished Career Award in 2015. He is the author of Woodrow Wilson and the American Diplomatic Tradition: The Treaty Fight in Perspective (Cambridge, 1987), Wilsonian Statecraft: Theory and Practice of Liberal Internationalism during World War I (1991), and Wilsonianism: Woodrow Wilson and his Legacy in American Foreign Relations (2002).

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