Midterm Question #2_Solutions

Midterm Question #2_Solutions - How would you define...

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How would you define “Wilsonianism,” and how would you assess its impact during and immediately after World War I? Did it represent a realistic and far-sighted understanding of how the world worked (works?), or was it, as some critics charged, simplistic and dangerous, or at least hopelessly utopian? Be sure to consult the essays in Chapter 2 of Merrill/Paterson in framing your answer. 1. Define Wilsonianism - supportive of strong presidential guidance in foreign affairs, idea that it is the job of the U.S. to provide disinterested service to better the world, and belief in the cooperative unity of nations - all predicated on the spread of American values: - political – democracy, self-determination, no entangling alliances, international law, collective security - economic – free trade - military – disarmament, collective security (?) - ideological – America has a responsibility to lead - in part idealistic - Wilson’s goal was to “make the world safe for democracy,” - new world order – a community of power instead of the traditional balance of power (“Peace w/out Victory” speech) - in part realistic - Wilson also understood that isolation was no longer possible
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