“History,” Winston Churchill is reported to have observed, “is written by the victors.” The losers, if they are lucky enough to avoid vilification, are airbrushed out. When it comes to our understanding of American foreign policies of the first four decades of the twentieth century, the history-writing victors have, for the most part, been liberal internationalists. Democrats and Republicans alike, in the wake of the Second World War, concluded that the task of making the world safe for America demanded active, global U.S. politico-military engagement. In the name of liberal international institutions, Washington’s “Farewell” injunctions against entangling alliances would be consigned to the waste bin of quaint anachronisms.
A policy shift of this magnitude necessarily required a reinterpretation of history—in this case, a rehabilitation of Woodrow Wilson and particularly Wilson’s rejected brainchild, the League of Nations. In the account of American foreign policy learned and taught by the Greatest Generation, a central tenet has been that America’s refusal to endorse Wilson’sleague was a cardinal failure and critical factor in the road leading to World War II. While
To continue reading, see options above.
Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy: Religion, Politics, and Strategy, Dmitry Adamsky Reviewed by Edward Rhodes
The Navy in the Post-Cold War World: The Uses and Value of Strategic Sea Power, Colin S. Gray Reviewed by Edward Rhodes
Controlling and Ending Conflict: Issues Before and After the Cold War, Stephen J. Cimbala and Sidney R. Waldman Reviewed by Edward Rhodes
Watershed in Europe: Dismantling the East-West Military Confrontation, Jonathan Dean Reviewed by Edward Rhodes
Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.
On Democracy: Remembering Demetrios James Caraley
Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilsonview additional issues
Articles | Book reviews
PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION AND DEMOCRACY
The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.
With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.