Faculty Publications

Title

Woodrow Wilson's Christian internationalism and the pursuit of a just and lasting peace

Document Type

Conference

Keywords

Internationalism, League of Nations, Social gospel, Woodrow Wilson, World War I

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Soundings

Volume

101

Issue

3

First Page

219

Last Page

237

Abstract

From the beginning of the Great War through peace negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference, US president Woodrow Wilson focused less on military strategy and more on establishing peace. Both early twentieth-century observers and twenty-first-century historians recognize how important Christianity was to Wilson; yet, the relationship between his internationalism and Christianity is often misunderstood. Even though Wilson's position on the war reflected widely held Christian values and norms-first, avoiding war through neutrality and, second, using just war theory to explain American entry into the war-his conception of the League of Nations demonstrated how he understood Christian internationalism.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2018

DOI of published version

10.5325/soundings.101.3.0219

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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