Woodrow Wilson: Revolution, War, and Peace

Woodrow Wilson: Revolution, War, and Peace

Woodrow Wilson: Revolution, War, and Peace

Woodrow Wilson: Revolution, War, and Peace


Professor Arthur S. Link, Director and Editor of The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, brings his considerable expertise and understanding of Wilson the man and the diplomat to this reexamination of Wilson's handling of foreign affairs. Link explores the ideas, assumptions, and ambitions that guided Wilson's methods of forming policy, and his diplomatic techniques. The author also goes on to consider some of the larger questions concerning Wilson's desire for neutrality, American entry into World War I, and Wilson's fight for American membership in the League of Nations.


This book, originally written as the Albert Shaw Lectures on Diplomatic History at The Johns Hopkins University, was first published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 1957 under the title, Wilson the Diplomatist: A Look at His Major Foreign Policies. It was reprinted in 1963 with a “Preface to the Second Edition,” which corrected certain errors in the first printing.

When the opportunity arose to publish a new edition of the book, I originally planned to make only minor changes in the text. However, when I read the book in its entirety for the first time since 1962, I discovered that I, and numerous scholars working in the period, had learned many new things and had had many new insights about Wilson and his diplomatic policies since Wilson the Diplomatist was first published. Thus I rewrote the book. I was able to use small portions of the old book, particularly the account of Wilson's western tour in 1919. However, this is substantially a new book with new themes. They are embodied in the new title, for Wilson was the first President of the modern era to confront all the difficult problems of revolution, war, and peace.

Whether Woodrow Wilson: Revolution, War, and Peace represents a more mature understanding of Wilson the diplomatist and the legacy that he left us than was displayed in the original book, only my readers will be able to determine.

I am grateful to John Milton Cooper, Jr., William H. Harbaugh, David W. Hirst, and Richard W. Leopold for reading my manuscript with understanding and care, and for their helpful suggestions and criticisms. My wife, Margaret Douglas Link, was, as always, my best editor. Professor Harbaugh also made many suggestions for stylistic . . .

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