By focusing on the years leading up to America’s involvement in the Great War, Tucker reveals that Wilson’s internationalism was always highly qualified, dependent from the start upon the advent of an international order that would forever remove the specter of another major war. World War I was the last conflict in which the law of neutrality played an important role in the calculations of belligerents and neutrals, and it is scarcely an exaggeration to say that this lawor rather Woodrow Wilson’s version of itconstituted almost the whole of his foreign policy with regard to the war. Wilson’s refusal to find any significance, moral or otherwise, in the conflict beyond the law and its violation led him to see the war as meaningless, save for the immense suffering and sense of utter futility it fostered.
Treating issues of enduring interest, such as the advisability and effectiveness of U.S. interventions in, or initiation of, conflicts beyond its borders, Woodrow Wilson and the Great War will appeal to anyone interested in the president’s power to determine foreign policy, and in constitutional history in general.
|Publisher:||University of Virginia Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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"Masterful. In this revelatory book, Robert Tucker provides a wonderful example of how the complexities of the past, long since reduced to historical clichés, can be brought back to life by a scholar of keen eye and penetrating intelligence. This surgical dissection of
Woodrow Wilson’s neutrality policies promises to become the standard work on the topic.—Frank Ninkovich, St. John’s UniversityIn this book, one of the most eminent authorities on American foreign policy addresses one of the most important parts of its history....
Through detailed and penetrating analyses of key issues and episodes, Tucker develops a powerful critique of Wilson's diplomacy as self-deceptive with regard to its claimed neutrality and not rationally directed toward the nation's interest in bringing the European conflict to an early end.
While critical of Wilson, Tucker also provides a sympathetic and insightful account of his thinking,
showing how Wilson's ideal of a new world order grew out of his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to keep America out of the war without sacrificing its international influence.