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

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"Changing the World is a tour de force of synthetic historical writing. Dawley has painted a comprehensive and engaging portrait of progressive America during the first half of the last century, and made the case for the enduring power of the reform spirit in our nation's consciousness. The bookranges across politics, social and economic change and is replete withtelling and colorful detail. Above all else, Changing the World is a good read."—Stanley N. Katz, Princeton University

"Fast-moving and insightful, Changing the World is a welcome contribution because it integrates foreign policy and domestic history. In offering a broad view of progressivism that packs much recent historical work into a highly readable book, it will be valuable to both general readers and specialists."—Emily S. Rosenberg, Macalaster College

"Framing Progressivism within the self-consciously global internationalism of the Atlantic world and beyond, Alan Dawley reveals the meshing of the domestic and international aspects of the movement. By integrating World War I into his highly readable synthesis of the period, he enables us to better understand the complexity of Progressivism and its challenges—and the origins of the issues that would set the agenda for the century's domestic and international politics. Without denying the serious and persistent failures of the Progressives, Dawley recovers their still pertinent aspirations. With fundamental issues about democracy, government, and global responsibility again being debated, this important book provides essential historical perspective."—Thomas Bender, Director, International Center for Advanced Studies, New York University

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Editorial Reviews

Reviews in American History - Michael E. Latham
Changing the World is an ambitious and accessible book. . . . [It] will provide students, scholars, and the wider public with an engaging, wide-ranging synthesis of a complex and pivotal period.
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography - John Whiteclay Chambers II
Bancroft Prize-winning historian, Alan Dawley has once again produced a tour de force. . . . Vividly written, this book is filled with fresh insights on the Progressive Era, from its politics and diplomacy to its architecture.
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"In clean, well-paced prose, Dawley sets the successes—and failures—of early American progressives . . . against the backdrop of a complicated postwar world. . . . This is an especially timely book, given the tense state of world affairs."—Publishers Weekly

"Changing the World is an ambitious and accessible book. . . . [It] will provide students, scholars, and the wider public with an engaging, wide-ranging synthesis of a complex and pivotal period."—Michael E. Latham, Reviews in American History

"One does not have to agree with all of the author's points to find this a stimulating, thoughtful examination of 20th-century progressivism."—Choice

"Bancroft Prize-winning historian, Alan Dawley has once again produced a tour de force. . . . Vividly written, this book is filled with fresh insights on the Progressive Era, from its politics and diplomacy to its architecture."—John Whiteclay Chambers II, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

Reviews in American History
Changing the World is an ambitious and accessible book. . . . [It] will provide students, scholars, and the wider public with an engaging, wide-ranging synthesis of a complex and pivotal period.
— Michael E. Latham
Choice
One does not have to agree with all of the author's points to find this a stimulating, thoughtful examination of 20th-century progressivism.
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
Bancroft Prize-winning historian, Alan Dawley has once again produced a tour de force. . . . Vividly written, this book is filled with fresh insights on the Progressive Era, from its politics and diplomacy to its architecture.
— John Whiteclay Chambers II
Reviews in American History
Changing the World is an ambitious and accessible book. . . . [It] will provide students, scholars, and the wider public with an engaging, wide-ranging synthesis of a complex and pivotal period.
— Michael E. Latham
Publishers Weekly
In this sprawling, ambitious work, Dawley, a professor of history at the College of New Jersey, expertly places the history of American progressives' quest for peace and social justice before, during and after WWI in an international context. While examining a subject as vast as progressivism precluded Dawley from delving too deeply into any one aspect of the movement, interested readers will surely find this a useful and unique synthesis of social and political history. In clean, well-paced prose, Dawley sets the successes and the failures of early American progressives, including Jane Addams and Robert La Follette, against the backdrop of a complicated postwar world in which sleeping giants had awakened in China, Russia and Mexico; where social mores and sexual values were rapidly changing; and where laborers, women and people of various ethnicities were beginning the struggle for their rights in earnest. Especially noteworthy is Dawley's treatment of the nascent League of Nations and Woodrow Wilson's famous 14 Points, delivered in 1918, which Dawley declares a stunning manifesto and an extraordinary gesture... that resonated with the best in American history. Although at times an exhausting read, if simply for the sheer breadth of progressive history worldwide, Dawley, winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize in history for his 1977 book Class and Community, succeeds in his quest to trace to common philosophical roots an array of thinkers, writers, politicians, national movements, revolutions, leaders and their causes: winning social and economic justice, revitalizing public life, and improving the wider world. This is an especially timely book, given the tense state of world affairs. 10 b&w photos. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Alan Dawley is Professor of History at the College of New Jersey. He is the author of "Class and Community: The Industrial Revolution in Lynn", which won the Bancroft Prize, and "Struggles for Justice: Social Responsibility and the Liberal State".
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The New Internationalism 13
2 The Social Republic 41
3 Empire and Reform 75
4 Messianic America 107
5 World War and Revolution 143
6 World Leader 181
7 The Millennial Moment 219
8 Retreat from Reform 259
9 Progressive Rebirth 297
Conclusion 333
Epilogue: Legacy 341
Notes 359
Index 387
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