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Lecture

WW re: empire, WWI, Paris Conference.


Department
History
Course Code
HIS377H1
Professor
Geoff Stewart

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9.10.1 -- Woodrow Wilson & the NWO
New World Order: realism and idealism.
Haitie recieved indipendence from France in 1804. Toussaint L’Ouverture was the key man responsible. First
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1915, Woodrow sends Marines to Haiti, who stay until 1934. They do little to improve the situation, and by 34
the country is as bad or worse than before. Francois “Papa Doc” Dubalier is the new leader, corrupt and tyrani-
cal. His son, “Baby Doc,” takes over after. Run Haiti into the ground.
1912, Woodrow Wilson elected. Wilson ran against Taft, Eugine (socialist). Had a whole new plan for interna-
tional politics in general. Initially discredited, but WWI gives them new life.
US emerges from the war a superpower. End of the progressive era. Women had the vote; prohibition; welfare
system begining.
Wilson begins using moralism in politics; freedom, self-determination. Shift away from the city on the hill, lead
by example but don’t get involved attitude.
Wilson entered politics in 1912. Governor of New Jersey. Was an academic. Admired British parliamentary
system, and tried to act as a PM and President spoke often to congress directly. Born in Virginia; parents owned
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WILSON’S FOREIGN POLICY ASSUMPTIONS
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general moral code acnowledging nation’s obligation to one another.
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between nations.
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regression.
Belived America had a divine mission to convert the world to American principles, which would make the
world a more stable place.
Had a very moral foreign policy; belived in right and wrong, often determined by religion.
WILSON’S FOREIGN POLICY AIMS
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–feared eventual wars between colonial powers over imperial interests.
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–except orientals.
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–replace balance of power with collective security.
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