Breaking the heart of the world : Woodrow Wilson and the fight for the League of Nations

Cooper, John Milton

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  • Creator John Milton Cooper, Jr
  • Format Books
  • Publication Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Physical Details
    • ix, 454 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780521807869, 0521807867
  • OCLC ocm46504817


  • "The fight over the League of Nations at the end of World War I was one of the great political debates of the American twentieth century. President Woodrow Wilson, himself a key architect of the League, was uncompromising in his belief that the United States would rise to a position of leadership in the peaceful union of states that he had envisaged. A masterful politician and distinguished theorist, Wilson was unprepared for the persuasiveness of his opponents and the potency of their argument. Though he struggled tirelessly in the summer of 1919 to drum popular and political support for the League, his body could not keep pace: He suffered a disabling stroke in July. The United States Senate ultimately rejected membership in the League, and the League failed to realize its diplomatic potential. In this engaging narrative, John Cooper relates the story of Wilson's battle for the League with sympathy, accuracy, and a deep understanding of the times."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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