dependence, and market economics. Transnational corporations, technology and information systems have tied the world more closely
together than ever before. Self-determination and collective security
are no longer theories or slogans but pivots on which the modern world
turns. Above all, there is the revitalized United Nations, more active in
establishing peace around the world than at any time in a generation.
Without Wilson, his hopes and strategic calculations, perhaps we
would still be debating whether such a thing as the League was
possible or even desirable. The world may never really be completely
safe for democracy, and we surely have not seen the end of war, but the
world is demonstrably better off because of him.
As long as his principles live in the hearts and minds of men and
women around the world, Woodrow Wilson can never be deprived of
An Unpublished Prolegomenon to a Peace Note, [c. November
25, 1916] PWW, XL, 67-9.
For a parallel, but critical, interpretation of Wilson's view of
global power politics see Lloyd Ambrosius, Wilsonian Statecraft:
Theory and Practice of Liberal Internationalism during World War I
( Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1991).
Whole U.S. regiments went into battle in 1918 without even
knowing how to load and fire their rifles. Edward Coffman, The War to
End All Wars ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1968), 66.
Gardner, Safe for Democracy, 9.
An Address in Sioux Falls, September 8, 1919, PWW, LXIII, 107-16.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Legacy of Woodrow Wilson:American War Aims in World War I.
Contributors: David M. Esposito - Author.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1996.
Page number: 141.
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