Science and the New National World Order, 1919

  • Glenda Sluga
Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series book series (PMSTH)


The process of international peacemaking began in earnest in Paris in 1919 under the auspices of the dominant victor states — Britain, the United States and France — and of the ideals of nationality and international government. These ideals were distilled from the American president Woodrow Wilson’s ‘Fourteen Points’ speech, presented to the United States Congress almost exactly one year earlier, and committing his country to a crucial role in the war, and to a peace based on the principle of nationality.1 Wilson described the war as having ‘its roots in the disregard of the rights of small nations and of nationalities.’ Consequently, so the argument ran, permanent peace would rely on an acknowledgement of ‘the wishes, the natural connections, the racial aspirations, the security and the peace of mind of the peoples involved.’2 Out of the war would emerge ‘a new international order based upon broad and universal principles of right and justice’, including ‘self-determination,’ ‘an imperative principle of action, which statesmen will henceforth ignore at their peril.’3


National Difference International Politics National Consciousness Peace Process American President 
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  • Glenda Sluga
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  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

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