Power and principle : armed intervention in Wilsonian foreign policy /
Frederick S. Calhoun.
Kent, OH : Kent State University Press, c1986.
xi, 333 p. ; 24 cm.
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Kent, OH : Kent State University Press, c1986.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [303]-322.
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Calhoun has organized his fresh interpretation of Wilsonian foreign policy around seven well-known interventions undertaken by Woodrow Wilson, but has isolated the importance of force in achieving international objectives. Sincerely believing the US stood as the lone representative of truth, Wilson felt obligated to promote sacred democratic ideals and principles. The use of armed power enhanced American ability to be of service to others, to protect private property, and to resist aggression. Under Wilson, the use of force was clearly defined, its control was in civilian hands, and its intent humanitarian. Wilson offered leadership, not dominance. The use of force offered advantages in opening up diplomatic channels and in supplementing economic and moral persuasion. In spite of a pervasive ``humanitarian ethnocentrism'' and unrestrained egotism, Wilson understood the uses and limits of armed power better than any of his predecessors or successors. Relying heavily on primary sources, Calhoun has argued his thesis forcefully, but not altogether convincingly. Wilson emerges as a prisoner of his ideology, often weak in formulating policy, willing to use force as a matter of convenience, and consistently blind to the repercussions of his actions. Primarily for graduate students of foreign policy and military history.-S.L. Piott, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction Force as Power: The Wilsonian Examplep. 1
The Power of Ideals: The Wilsonian Frameworkp. 8
The Power of Civilian Control: Mexicop. 34
The Power of Ideology: Santo Domingo and Haitip. 69
The Power of the Law: The Period of Neutralityp. 114
The Power of Cooperation: World War Ip. 155
The Power of Collective Security: Russiap. 185
The Limits of Force: Russia, Bolshevism, and the Paris Peace Conferencep. 219
Epilogue: The Wilsonian Way of War: Veracruz to Vladivostokp. 250
Indexp. 323
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