The Wilsonian Century: U.S. Foreign Policy since 1900

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ISBN-13: 978-0226581361
ISBN-10: 0226581365
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In his persuasive new book, Harvard historian Ninkovich, the author of Modernity and Power (Univ. of Chicago, 1994) and other influential writings on foreign policy, challenges the accepted interpretations of American diplomatic policy in the 20th century as exemplified chiefly by George F. Kennan and William Appleman Williams. He proclaims a Wilsonian theory of internationalism as an alternative approach to the "realist" and "objectivist" models used to explain the United States' actions and decisions. Also discussed is the shift in policy from a "normal" to a "crisis" internationalism that took place from the years leading up to World War I to the post-Cold War period. By thoroughly documenting the literature of foreign relations, Ninkovich is carrying on an important analytical tradition. This book is worthy of sharing shelf space with Kennan, Williams, and other major foreign policy theorists. Highly recommended for academic libraries.AThomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, PA
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With this book, Frank Ninkovich offers a striking examination of Woodrow Wilson's influence on twentieth-century U.S. foreign policy. He argues that the Wilsonian outlook, far from being a crusading, utopian doctrine, was a creative, practical response to catastrophic great power wars that threatened to reverse the progressive course of modern history. Ninkovich shows how Wilsonian "crisis internationalism" guided U.S. foreign relations through a century of global turbulence and made possible the emergence of today's globalizing society.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (April 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226581365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226581361
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carlo Pinzani on August 11, 2010
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A well written and well constructed book, but also a deeply flawed one. Ninkovich offers a clear presentation of Wilson's view of international relations and correctly points out how the system imagined by the American President could work only if the United States could exercise its hegemony in the institutions of internationalism, a belief shared by FDR. With the latter's death in 1945, United States' reliance on international institutions dropped sharply and with that wilsonianism became impossible. Ninkovich's assumption that the "americanization" of wilsonianism was the bulk of american policies of containment during the Cold War is a completely ideological one and that is the great flaw of his work.
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