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For those who want to look at the 3 essays, they start on page 48 of Merrill/Patterson Wilsonianism can generally be described as an idealist foreign policy ideology which emphasized self-determination, free trade and collective security as the means to ensure world peace. From the beginnings of World War I, Wilson understood that neutrality was necessary in a country deeply divided over allegiances to the allied powers, mainly Britain, and the German belligerents. As a man, Woodrow Wilson was extremely religious, believing that god had a covenant with America, and that if America was given a position at the peace table it (and Wilson specifically) would be the only would to mediate and ensure a "just peace". By the beginning of 1917 however, America's neutrality was hanging in the balance as Germany began violating America's neutral rights through unrestricted submarine warfare. At this point, it became clear to Wilson that the United States would have to become belligerent in order to mediate this so called "just peace", or "peace without victory": mainly a non-punitive peace for Germany. Those who see Wilson as an idealist argue that he went into war, not out of economic interests,
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This essay was uploaded on 02/20/2009 for the course HIST 3140 taught by Professor Logevall, f during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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