Wilson the Diplomatist: A Look at His Major Foreign Policies

Wilson the Diplomatist: A Look at His Major Foreign Policies

Wilson the Diplomatist: A Look at His Major Foreign Policies

Wilson the Diplomatist: A Look at His Major Foreign Policies

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The five chapters that make up this book were presented substantially in their present printed form as the Albert Shaw Lectures on Diplomatic History at The Johns Hopkins University from December 3 to 7, 1956.

In thinking about what I should attempt to do in the time that I had at my disposal, it seemed obvious that I could not prepare a summary account of Woodrow Wilson's foreign policies without saying what was already entirely familiar and without also repeating what I myself had already written in part. Thus I tried as much as possible to minimize the narrative and descriptive portions and to spend most of my time on analysis and interpretation. My technique throughout was to ask, and to try to answer, what seemed to me to be the most important questions about Wilson the diplomatist and some of his major foreign policies and programs.

In the first chapter (or lecture) I endeavored to analyze the ideals, assumptions, and ambitions that shaped Wilson's actions in the field of foreign affairs, his methods of forming conclusions and policies, and his techniques as a diplomatist. The second and third chapters I devoted . . .

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