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Between Ideology and Realpolitik : Woodrow Wilson and the Russian Revolution, 1917-1921 (Hardcover)

Author: Schild, Georg

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In this concise, readable interpretation of Wilson's Russian policy, Schild challenges the belief that Wilson's reaction to the 1917 October Revolution was exclusively ideological. In contrast to the belief that when Wilson sent American troops to intervene in July 1918, his goal was to aid liberal groups in Russia and thus to establish a democratic order, this book shows that his actions were more pragmatic. Wilson did, indeed, have a liberal anti-Bolshevik agenda. However, his belief in the superiority of liberalism over totalitarianism was so strong that he expected democratic forces in Russia to take power without any outside aid. At the Paris Peace Conference, he rejected all suggestions for a Western anti-Soviet crusade or for a division of Russia. His 1918 decision to intervene was not part of Wilson's ideological confrontation with the Bolsheviks. It was based on an effort to maintain unity with the British and French governments during the final phase of World War I. Wilson's Russian policy, the author concludes, was determined both by his ideological anti-Bolshevism and pragmatic demands for alliance cohesion.


Publisher Greenwood Pub Group
Mfg Part# 9780313295706
SKU 212946219
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0313295700
Release Date 11/10/2009
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