- Series: Galaxy Books (Book 309)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 15, 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195008030
- ISBN-13: 978-0195008036
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,146,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Woodrow Wilson and World Politics: America's Response to War and Revolution (Galaxy Books)
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"[Mr. Levin] has produced his own historical synthesis based upon far-ranging research in original and secondary sources. Better still, the author has described brilliantly and perceptively both the dynamics and the long-range purposes of Wilson's foreign policies....What else can one say about the result except that it is judicious, balanced, and as detached as it is humanly possible to be?"--Arthur S. Link, The New York Times Book Review
"An exceptionally thoughtful book about the formation of a modern American foreign policy"--World Affairs
"An important book. Levin succeeds admirably in analyzing Wilson's foreign policy principles, objectives, and actions against the background of revolutionary changes both at home and abroad."--Louis L. Gerson, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
About the Author
N. Gordon Levin is at Amherst College.
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"Woodrow Wilson and World Politics" shows how Wilson's worldview played out in Germany, Russia and the Far East in the aftermath of World War I. It is based on solid archival work and is alive to the nuances and ambiguities of real-world foreign policy. I knocked off one star only because the book's lack of biographical detail or other "color" makes it a fairly dry read. Readers should know, moreover, that the book is mainly a treatment of Wilsonian ideology and its application in specific cases. It is not a detailed reconstruction of Woodrow Wilson's entire foreign policy.
It is impossible to read "Woodrow Wilson and World Politics" in 2008 without drawing comparisons to the foreign policy of George Bush. Bush shares with Wilson a moralistic approach to world affairs that grates on foreigners and gives rise to charges of hypocrisy. He also shares the belief that long-term American well-being requires that all states (at least in the Islamic world) adopt American-style political and economic systems. But whereas Wilson put his faith in international law and the League of Nations, Bush has opted for unilateralism and aggressive war. His goals and rhetoric may be Wilsonian but his methods come straight from the playbook of Big Power diplomacy.
It is one of a handful of basic books on the making of American foreign policy.