368 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 2016 | ISBN 9780812248593 | $69.95s | Outside the Americas £54.00
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A volume in the Haney Foundation Series
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"The Great War and American Foreign Policy, 1914-24 is diplomatic history at its best."—Frank Costigliola, University of ConnecticutWorld War I constituted a milestone in the development of the United States as a world power. As the European powers exhausted themselves during the conflict, the U.S. government deployed its growing economic leverage, its military might, and its diplomacy to shape the outcome of the war and to influence the future of international relations.
"Robert E. Hannigan presents a fresh perspective on long-familiar events that will cause readers to rethink what they have often taken for granted."—Justus Doenecke, author of Nothing Less Than War: A New History of America's Entry into World War I
In The Great War and American Foreign Policy, 1914-1924, Robert E. Hannigan challenges the conventional belief that the United States entered World War I only because its hand was forced, and he disputes the claim that Washington was subsequently driven by a desire to make the world "safe for democracy." Democratic President Woodrow Wilson's rhetoric emphasized peace, self-determination, and international cooperation. But his foreign policy, Hannigan claims, is better understood if analyzed against the backdrop of American policy—not only toward Europe, but also toward East Asia and the rest of the western hemisphere—as it had been developing since the turn of the twentieth century. On the broadest level, Wilson sought to shore up and stabilize an international order promoted and presided over by London since the early 1800s, this in the conviction that under such conditions the United States would inevitably ascend to a global position comparable to, if not eclipsing, that of Great Britain. Hannigan argues, moreover, that these fundamental objectives continued to guide Wilson's Republican successors in their efforts to stabilize the postwar world.
The book reexamines the years when the United States was ostensibly neutral (1914-17), the subsequent period of American military involvement (1917-18), the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, the ensuing battle for ratification of the Treaty of Versailles (in 1919-20), and the activities of Wilson's successors—culminating with the Dawes Plan of 1924.
Robert E. Hannigan is Scholar in Residence in the Department of History of Suffolk University. He is author of The New World Power: American Foreign Policy, 1898-1917, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.