The Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: American War Aims in World War I


Contrary to popular belief, Woodrow Wilson coordinated foreign and defense policies. Wilson viewed Imperial Germany as a threat to U.S. national security and acted accordingly. His urgent desire to mediate an end to World War I was driven by geo-political concerns. Forced into the war by tertiary issues, he decided to throw a great deal of weight upon the scale by intervening decisively in the Great War in order to dominate the postwar peace conference. There he intended to dictate "a scientific peace" and to create a League of Nations to insure collective security.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Woodrow Wilson
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1996


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