Changing the World: American Progressives in War and Revolution / Edition 1

Changing the World: American Progressives in War and Revolution / Edition 1

by Alan Dawley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691122350

ISBN-13: 9780691122359

Pub. Date: 07/05/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In May of 1919, women from around the world gathered in Zurich, Switzerland, and proclaimed, "We dedicate ourselves to peace!" Just months after the end of World War I, the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom--a group led by American progressive Jane Addams and comprising veteran campaigners for social reform--knew that a peaceful world was essential

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In May of 1919, women from around the world gathered in Zurich, Switzerland, and proclaimed, "We dedicate ourselves to peace!" Just months after the end of World War I, the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom--a group led by American progressive Jane Addams and comprising veteran campaigners for social reform--knew that a peaceful world was essential to their ongoing quest for social and economic justice.

Alan Dawley tells the story of American progressives during the decade spanning World War I and its aftermath. He shows how they laid the foundation for progressive internationalism in their efforts to improve the world both at home and abroad. Unlike other accounts of the progressive movement--and of American politics in general--this book fuses social and international history. Dawley shows how interventions in Latin America and Europe affected domestic plans for social reform and civic engagement, and he depicts internal battles among progressives between unabashed imperialists like Theodore Roosevelt and their implacable opponents like Robert La Follette. He draws a contrast between Woodrow Wilson's use of force in exporting American ideals and Addams's more cosmopolitan pursuit of economic justice and world peace. In discussing the debate over the League of Nations within the context of turbulent domestic affairs, Dawley brings keen insight into that complicated moment in American history.

In striking and original ways, Dawley brings together domestic and world affairs to argue that American progressivism cannot be understood apart from its international context. Focusing on world-historical events of empire, revolution, war, and peace, he shows how American reformers invented a new politics built around progressive internationalism. Changing the World retrieves the progressive tradition in American politics and makes it available to contemporary debates. The book speaks to anyone seeking to be both a good citizen within the nation and a good citizen of today's troubled world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691122359
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/05/2005
Series:
Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1The New Internationalism13
2The Social Republic41
3Empire and Reform75
4Messianic America107
5World War and Revolution143
6World Leader181
7The Millennial Moment219
8Retreat from Reform259
9Progressive Rebirth297
Conclusion333
Epilogue: Legacy341
Notes359
Index387

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