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

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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.

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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

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.
Choice
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801890741
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2008
  • 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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction Wilson revisited John Milton Cooper, Jr. Cooper, John Milton, Jr. 1

Ch. 1 Making a case for Wilson John Milton Cooper, Jr. Cooper, John Milton, Jr. 9

Ch. 2 "Common counsel" : Woodrow Wilson's pragmatic progressivism, 1885-1913 Trygve Throntveit Throntveit, Trygve 25

Ch. 3 Wilson's reform of economic structure : progressive liberalism and the corporation W. Elliot Brownlee Brownlee, W. Elliot 57

Ch. 4 Race and nation in the thought and politics of Woodrow Wilson Gary Gerstle Gerstle, Gary 93

Ch. 5 Did Woodrow Wilson's gender politics matter? Victoria Bissell Brown Brown, Victoria Bissell 125

Ch. 6 Revolution, war, and expansion : Woodrow Wilson in Latin America Mark T. Gilderhus Gilderhus, Mark T. 165

Ch. 7 Mr. Wilson's First Amendment Geoffrey R. Stone Stone, Geoffrey R. 189

Ch. 8 Democracy, peace, and world order Lloyd E. Ambrosius Ambrosius, Lloyd E. 225

Ch. 9 Progressive internationalism and reformed capitalism : new freedom to New Deal Emily S. Rosenberg Rosenberg, Emily S. 253

Ch. 10 Woodrow Wilson and the Cold War : "tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev" Martin Walker Walker, Martin 279

Ch. 11 Wilsonianism after the Cold War : "words, words, mere words" Frank Ninkovich Ninkovich, Frank 299

Afterword Making democracy safe for the world Anne-Marie Slaughter Slaughter, Anne-Marie 327

Contributors 337

Index 341

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