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

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


Edited by John Milton Cooper


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  • Format: Hardback | 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 226mm x 33mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 11 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801890748
  • ISBN 13: 9780801890741
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,732,578

Product description

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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Author information

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.

Review quote

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. Choice 2009 A book full of scholarly, thoughtful essays on Wilson and his -ism. -- Peter H. Buckingham Journal of African History