Making the World Safe for Democracy : A Century of Wilsonianism and Its Totalitarian Challengers

By: Perlmutter, AmosMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 1997Edition: 1Description: 1 online resource (312 p.)ISBN: 9780807863848Subject(s): Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 -- Influence | World politics -- 20th century -- Case studiesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Making the World Safe for Democracy : A Century of Wilsonianism and Its Totalitarian ChallengersDDC classification: 973.91/3 | 973.913 LOC classification: D445 .P395Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover Page; Making the World Safe for Democracy; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction The Age of Totalitarianism; Chapter 1 Radicalization, Mobilization, and the Post-1919 International Chaos; Chapter 2 Wilsonianism in Theory and Practice; Chapter 3 The Communist World Order; Chapter 4 Nazism; Chapter 5 Resurrection of Wilsonianism: FDR; Chapter 6 Balance of Power, Balance of Terror, and the Cold War; Chapter 7 The Kremlin's Cold War after Stalin; Chapter 8 A "New" New World Order?; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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Cover Page; Making the World Safe for Democracy; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction The Age of Totalitarianism; Chapter 1 Radicalization, Mobilization, and the Post-1919 International Chaos; Chapter 2 Wilsonianism in Theory and Practice; Chapter 3 The Communist World Order; Chapter 4 Nazism; Chapter 5 Resurrection of Wilsonianism: FDR; Chapter 6 Balance of Power, Balance of Terror, and the Cold War; Chapter 7 The Kremlin's Cold War after Stalin; Chapter 8 A "New" New World Order?; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Making the World Safe for Democracy: A Century of Wilsonianism and Its Totalitarian Challengers

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Perlmutter (American Univ.) clarifies the essence of the 20th-century contest between an American version of the democratic idea, "Wilsonianism," and Nazism and Communism. In sharp contrast to the latter two, Wilsonianism did not propose world order through imperial and totalitarian domination but by democratic example. In the struggle for world order, three hegemons--America, Germany, and the then Soviet Union--were the crucial powers that lent plausibility to each project. Fortunately for world civilization but at horrendous human cost, the two despotisms were outmatched by American-led coalitions--the first utterly destroyed in the hot war it began, the second collapsing on itself in the Cold War it pursued but could not sustain. The totalitarian orders proved impracticable, but Perlmutter cautions that Wilsonianism also failed to achieve its utopia of universal democracy. The American people will not back interventionism and hegemonialism on the scale required by Wilsonianism. The author's message is that ideology, though a force not to be disregarded, has its limits and cannot be a sufficient basis for American foreign policy. A fine primer on 20th-century world politics. Recommended for general readers, upper-division undergraduates, and graduate students. C. A. Linden George Washington University

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