The Wilsonian Century
U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1900 New edition
By (author) Frank A. Ninkovich
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Wilsonian Century by Frank A. Ninkovich
Book DescriptionFor most of the 20th century, American foreign policy was guided by a set of assumptions that were formulated during World War I by President Woodrow Wilson. In this re-examination, Frank Ninkovich argues that the Wilsonian outlook, far from being a crusading, idealistic doctrine, was reactive, practical, and grounded in fear. Wilson and his successors believed it absolutely essential to guard against world war or global domination, with the underlying aim of safeguarding and nurturing political harmony and commercial co-operation among the great powers. As the world entered a period of unprecedented turbulence, Wilsonianism became a "crisis internationalism" dedicated to preserving the benign vision of "normal internationalism" with which the United States entered the 20th century. In the process of describing Wilson's legacy, Ninkovich reinterprets most of the 20th century's main foreign policy developments. He views the 1920s, for example, not as an isolationist period but as a reversion to Taft's Dollar Diplomacy. The Cold War, with its faraway military interventions, illustrates Wilsonian America's preoccupation with achieving a cohesive world opinion and its abandonment of traditional, regional conceptions of national interest. The book seeks to offer an alternative to traditional interest-based interpretations of US foreign policy. In revising the usual view of Wilson's contribution, Ninkovich shows the extraordinary degree to which Wilsonian ideas guided American policy through a century of conflict and tension.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226581361
(230mm x 154mm x 21mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 11-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Frank A. Ninkovich
Modernity and Power, Paperback (September 1994)
This text provides an overview of 20th-century United States foreign policy, from the Roosevelt and Taft administrations through the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson. The development of the global strategy from early in the century through to the Vietnam war is also examined.
Diplomacy of Ideas, Hardback (February 1981)» View all books by Frank A. Ninkovich
An interpretive history of the uses of cultural relations in U.S. foreign policy. Analyzes the links between fundamental foreign policy outlooks and American institutional structures. Shows how the U.S. made the transition from foreign policy passivity in the 1930s to global activism in the 1950s.
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Author Biography - Frank A. Ninkovich
Frank Ninkovich is a professor of history at St. John's University, New York. He is the author of several books, including "Modernity and Power: A History of the Domino Theory" in the Twentieth Century, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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