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A Peaceful Conquest : Woodrow Wilson, Religion, and the New World Order

By: Burnidge, Cara Lea.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2016Description: 1 online resource (232 p.).ISBN: 9780226232454.Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: A Peaceful Conquest : Woodrow Wilson, Religion, and the New World OrderDDC classification: 973.91/3092 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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The religion of Woodrow Wilson has long fascinated scholars, including Arthur S. Link (The Higher Realism of Woodrow Wilson, CH, Oct'71); Malcolm D. Magee, in What the World Should Be: Woodrow Wilson and the Crafting of a Faith-Based Foreign Policy (CH, Jun'09, 46-5810); and John Milton Cooper, Jr., in Woodrow Wilson: A Biography, (CH, Sep'10, 48-0459). In this lucid and thoughtful work, religion professor Burnidge (Univ. of Northern Iowa) places Wilson squarely in the context of the Protestant social gospel--an effort to Christianize the world in an image of a Western, white, patriarchal, middle-class society governed by noblesse oblige, reform legislation, social uplift, and international brotherhood. Such attitudes were advanced by a host of clergy, among them Walter Rauschenbusch, Washington Gladden, and the leadership of the Federal Council of Churches. By looking at Wilson in this framework, Burnidge best understands his neutrality posture, war leadership, and fight for the League of Nations. Sources include the Wilson and other manuscript collections, contemporary books and articles, and an extremely thorough listing of the scholarly literature. There are several factual errors: Samuel Huston Thompson was assistant attorney general, never attorney general (p. 151); Calvin Coolidge, not Herbert Hoover, became president in 1924 (p. 146); Warren Harding never endorsed League membership with reservations (p. 130). Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --Justus D. Doenecke, New College of Florida

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