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Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today

Tony Smith Jr.


The liberal internationalist tradition is credited with America's greatest triumphs as a world power—and also its biggest failures. Beginning in the 1940s, imbued with the spirit of Woodrow Wilson's efforts at the League of Nations to ‘make the world safe for democracy,’ the United States steered a course in world affairs that would eventually win the Cold War. Yet in the 1990s, Wilsonianism turned imperialist, contributing directly to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the continued failures of American foreign policy. This book explains how the liberal internationalist community can regain a s ... More

Keywords: Woodrow Wilson, democracy, world affairs, Wilsonianism, American foreign policy, liberal internationalist community, liberal internationalist tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691183480
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691183480.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Smith Jr., author
Tufts University