Wilson and the Peacemakers: Combining Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace and Woodrow Wilson and the Great Betrayal

Wilson and the Peacemakers: Combining Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace and Woodrow Wilson and the Great Betrayal

Wilson and the Peacemakers: Combining Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace and Woodrow Wilson and the Great Betrayal

Wilson and the Peacemakers: Combining Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace and Woodrow Wilson and the Great Betrayal

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My original plan was to publish one large volume entitled Wilson and the Peace. But wartime exigencies forced me to modify the plan, and present the story in two smaller volumes entitled Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace and Woodrow Wilson and the Great Betrayal. Now it has proved possible to bring the two books together as one. The timeliness of the subject will not escape those who recognize that we shall be confronted with the problems of peace-making and peaceexecuting for a good many years to come.

The original titles are being retained, even though they have been subjected to some criticism. The reference to the "Lost Peace" does not mean that Wilson himself was solely or even primarily responsible for the "losing." The reference to the "Great Betrayal" does not mean that Wilson himself did the "betraying." The word "betrayal," as most commonly used, is a strong one, and it was deliberately selected for the purpose of driving home an unpalatable truth. To this day only a sprinkling of Americans will concede that our course in 1919- 1920 had anything whatever to do with the chaos of the subsequent years. The lexicographers agree that "betrayal" has several well-recognized connotations, and herein it is legitimately used to mean deserting a responsibility and forsaking a cause regarding which we had raised up great expectations.

THOMAS A. BAILEY

STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CALIF. June, 1947 . . .

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