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Wilsonianism: Woodrow Wilson and His Legacy in American Foreign Relations

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Lloyd E. Ambrosius
      Pages 1-18
  3. History and Ideology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Lloyd E. Ambrosius
      Pages 21-29
    3. Lloyd E. Ambrosius
      Pages 31-47
  4. Collective Security and the German Problem

  5. National Self-Determination and Ethnic Politics

  6. Historiography and Wilsonian Statecraft

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Lloyd E. Ambrosius
      Pages 157-173
    3. Lloyd E. Ambrosius
      Pages 175-181
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 183-233

About this book


In Wilsonianism , American foreign relations specialist Lloyd E. Ambrosius has compiled his published and unpublished essays on Woodrow Wilson's liberal ideology and statecraft during and after World War I. Although the president failed in his pursuit of a new world order, his legacy of Wilsonianism - the principles of national self-determination, economic globalization, collective security, and progressive historicism - continued to shape U.S. foreign relations throughout the American Century. Ambrosius examines the American roots of Wilson's liberal internationalism, the dilemmas and contradictions in his principles, and the problematic consequences of U.S. efforts to implement Wilsonian ideals without fully appreciating the world's cultural pluralism as well as its economic and political interdependence. Offering a pluralist variant of the realist tradition in international relations, Ambrosius stresses the centrality of power; but maintains that culture and political economy as well as military strength determine the balance of power within and among nations or empires. Consequently, he concludes, making the world safe for democracy has been more problematic in practice, both at home and abroad, than proclaiming Wilsonian principles in the abstract.


Cold War democracy economy globalization interdependence international relations nationalism political economy politics The Republic world order World War I

About the authors

LLOYD E. AMBROSIUS is professor of history at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. A specialist in the history of American foreign relations, he is the author of 2 books and over 20 articles on Woodrow Wilson.

Bibliographic information


'...this work shows the author at his most perceptive and, at times, brilliant...highly recommended.' - J.D. Doenecke, Choice

' impressively researched, closely reasoned and cogently argued set of essays.' - Joseph A. Fry, International History Review