Reshaping the world-post WWI

Reshaping the world-post WWI - Realismdefeatsidealism

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Realism defeats idealism Isolationism defeats Internationalism
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The rise of bolshevism in Russia during World  War I spurred President Wilson to outline his  terms for peace nearly a year before the war  ended. Wilson had looked with distaste on an alliance  with the autocratic czar of Russia and generally  favored the provisional government led by  moderate Socialist Aleksandr Kerensky, whose  liberal policies and commitment to keep Russia in  the war were popular with the Allies.
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The seizure of power by the Bolsheviks, led by Lenin,  frightened world leaders. They knew bolshevism could  potentially attract millions of discontented, war-weary  workers to its ranks.   The Bolsheviks embraced the Communist ideology  of Karl Marx, who called for class war between  workers and capitalists rather than world war  between capitalist governments. Lenin embarrassed  world leaders by publishing secret pacts that  revealed Allied territorial ambitions.
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Wilson did not want to be associated with the pacts, nor  did he want to support the Bolsheviks. His answer to the  dilemma emerged as the Fourteen Points, which he  hoped would dilute the ideological appeal of bolshevism.  Provisions in the Fourteen Points included “removal, as 
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course HISTORY 103 taught by Professor Livingston during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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Reshaping the world-post WWI - Realismdefeatsidealism

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