Wilsonian idealism in America /

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Main Author: Steigerwald, David
Format: Book
Published:Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1994.
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Steigerwald (Ohio State Univ.) has clearly and cogently examined the rise and decline of Wilsonian idealism from the era of WW I to the present. The work falls into two parts, the first extending from the Wilson era through WW II, the second concentrating on the present and very recent past. In a remarkably lucid and far-reaching study, Steigerwald analyzes the struggles of Woodrow Wilson and Wilsonians in succeeding decades. Among the more recent figures on whom the author provides trenchant comment are Adlai Stevenson, John Kennedy, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Steigerwald is knowledgeable and at ease with the ideas and writing of Walter Lippmann and Theodore Lowi, among others. His reading and research are extensive and thorough, as reflected in the bibliography, which new students will find valuable and more experienced scholars might also find useful. One comes away from this study with a respect for the author's grasp of ideas and an interest in reading further. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. L. Silver; Johnson State College

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