Progressivism and US Foreign Policy between the World Wars

  • Molly Cochran
  • Cornelia Navari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Cornelia Navari, Molly Cochran
    Pages 1-19
  3. Keeping the Faith

  4. Unleashing Society

  5. Dismantling the Consensus

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-328

About this book


This book considers eleven twelve key thinkers on American foreign policy during the inter-war period. All put forward systematic proposals for the direction, aims and instruments of American foreign policy; all were listened to, in varying degrees, by the policy makers of the day; all were influential in policy terms, as well as setting the terms of contemporary debate. The focus of the volume is the progressive agenda as it was formulated by Herbert Croly and The New Republic in the run-up to the First World War. An interest in the inter-war period has been sparked by America’s part in international politics since 9/11. The neo-conservative ideology behind recent US foreign policy, its democratic idealism backed with force, is likened to a new-Wilsonianism. However, the progressives were more wary of the use of force than contemporary neo-conservatives. The unique focus of this volume and its contextual, Skinnerian approach provides a more nuanced understanding of US foreign policy debates of the long Progressive era than we presently have and provides an important intellectual background to current debates.


US Progressivism Inter-war Period US Foreign Policy History Wilsonianism neo-conservative Herbert Croly The New Republic First World War

Editors and affiliations

  • Molly Cochran
    • 1
  • Cornelia Navari
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of BuckinghamBuckinghamUnited Kingdom

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