A Peaceful Conquest: Woodrow Wilson, Religion, and the New by Cara Lea Burnidge

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By Cara Lea Burnidge

A century after his presidency, Woodrow Wilson continues to be some of the most compelling and complex figures ever to occupy the Oval workplace. A political outsider, Wilson delivered to the presidency a particular, strongly held worldview, outfitted on robust non secular traditions that proficient his proposal of the US and its position within the world.

With A peaceable Conquest, Cara Lea Burnidge offers the main distinct research but of the way Wilson’s non secular ideals affected his imaginative and prescient of yankee overseas coverage, with repercussions that lasted into the chilly struggle and past. Framing Wilson’s highbrow improvement in courting to the nationwide spiritual panorama, and paying higher awareness to the position of faith than in earlier scholarship, Burnidge exhibits how Wilson’s mixture of Southern evangelicalism and social Christianity grew to become a valuable a part of how the United States observed itself on this planet, influencing possible secular coverage judgements in sophisticated, lasting methods. eventually, Burnidge makes a case for Wilson’s religiosity as one of many key drivers of the emergence of the general public belief of America’s special, quintessential position in foreign relations.

As the presidential election cycle once more increases questions of America’s position on the planet, A peaceable Conquest deals a desirable excavation of its little-known roots.

 

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