Woodrow Wilson and a Revolutionary World, 1913-1921

Woodrow Wilson and a Revolutionary World, 1913-1921

Woodrow Wilson and a Revolutionary World, 1913-1921

Woodrow Wilson and a Revolutionary World, 1913-1921


In a dazzling array of the most recent research and writing, the contributors deal with Wilson's approach to the Mexican and Russian revolutions; his Polish policy; his relationship with the European Left, world order, and the League of Nations; and Wilson and the problems of world peace. They show that Wilson was in many ways the pivot of twentieth-century world affairs; his commitment to anticolonialism, antiimperialism, and self-determination still guides U.S. foreign policy.

Originally published in 1982.


The papers printed in this volume were originally presented at an international symposium at Princeton University from October 10 through October 12, 1979, which I arranged and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation sponsored. Commentaries were also read by Andrew J. Lindsay of the University of Oxford, Kendrick A. Clements of the University of South Carolina, John W Long of Rider College, Wilton B. Fowler of the University of Washington, Piotr S. Wandycz of Yale University, Marian Drozdowski of the University of Warsaw, Jacek R. Wedrowski of the Institute for the Study of Advanced Capitalist Economies, Warsaw, Klaus Schwabe of the Historical Institute, Aachen, John E. Reinertson of the Department of State, George W. Egerton, University of British Columbia, Lawrence E. Gelfand of the University of Iowa, André Kaspi of the University of Paris (the Sorbonne), Edward H. Buehrig of Indiana University, and Inis L. Claude, Jr., of the University of Virginia. In addition, most of the persons who are currently doing research and writing on the general theme of the conference, "Woodrow Wilson and a Revolutionary World," were also present and participated in lively discussions.

Wilson was the first President of the United States since Washington, Jefferson, and Madison to face a world torn by revolutions and world war. The papers in this volume make it clear that Wilson was the pivot of foreign policy in the twentieth century. For the United States, he laid down the guidelines for its foreign policy since 1921: antiimperialism, anticolonialism, self-determination, and the search for peace, world order, and some form of collective security. For the world, he set forth the agenda of international problems and goals that are still as important now as they were in his own day. The papers in this book, as I have said, not only illuminate these statements; they also give evidence of the enormous complexities, ambiguities, and difficulties that beset Wilson in his quest for a new liberal world order. Finally, they remind us that the effort to implement Wilson's ideals must still go on if humankind is to survive.

I express my sincere gratitude to the authors for their patience . . .

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