From Library Journal
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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From the Inside Flap
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.