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Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson: Progressivism, Internationalism, War, and Peace
     

Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson: Progressivism, Internationalism, War, and Peace

by John Milton Cooper Jr. (Editor)
 

Some of today’s premier experts on Woodrow Wilson contribute to this new collection of essays about the former statesman, portraying him as a complex, even paradoxical president. Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson reveals a person who was at once an international idealist, a structural reformer of the nation’s economy, and a policy maker who was

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Some of today’s premier experts on Woodrow Wilson contribute to this new collection of essays about the former statesman, portraying him as a complex, even paradoxical president. Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson reveals a person who was at once an international idealist, a structural reformer of the nation’s economy, and a policy maker who was simultaneously accommodating, indifferent, resistant, and hostile to racial and gender reform.

Wilson’s progressivism is discussed in chapters by biographer John Milton Cooper and historians Trygve Throntveit and W. Elliot Brownlee. Wilson’s philosophy about race and nation is taken up by Gary Gerstle, and his gender politics discussed by Victoria Bissel Brown. The seeds of Wilsonianism are considered in chapters by Mark T. Gilderhus on Wilson’s Latin American diplomacy and war; Geoffrey R. Stone on Wilson’s suppression of seditious speech; and Lloyd Ambrosius on entry into World War I. Emily S. Rosenberg and Frank Ninkovich explore the impact of Wilson’s internationalism on capitalism and diplomacy; Martin Walker sets out the echoes of Wilson’s themes in the cold war; and Anne-Marie Slaughter suggests how Wilson might view the promotion of liberal democracy today.

These essays were originally written for a celebration of Wilson’s 150th birthday sponsored by the official national memorial to Wilson—the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars—in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson House. That daylong symposium examined some of the most important and controversial areas of Wilson’s political life and presidency.

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The essays cover a myriad of pertinent topics and are consistently well argued and thought-provoking... This is a highly valuable volume for Wilson scholars. Highly recommended.

Journal of African History - Peter H. Buckingham
A book full of scholarly, thoughtful essays on Wilson and his -ism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801890741
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

John Milton Cooper Jr. is the E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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