An Analysis of Arthur Link's Book, Woodrow Wilson Revolution, War, and Peace

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In his book, “Woodrow Wilson Revolution, War, and Peace” by Arthur Link, Link walks step by step through President Woodrow Wilson’s career beginning from the time he was born and focuses on his role during and after World War I. Through his entire book, Link acts as an apologist for the actions of Wilson as well as argues against the opinions of other historians. Link speaks about Wilson almost as if he idolizes him; as if despite what other historians and public opinion might say that he can do no wrong. Link starts his book by giving details on Wilson’s life starting in Staunton, Virginia on December 29, 1856 when Wilson was born.(Link.pg1) Wilson was a scholar. He attended Davidson College and Princeton University. Next, he attended…show more content…
Link explained that Wilson believed he was chosen by god to protect and preserve democracy. Wilson fought tooth and nail to keep America out of the war and remain completely neutral, however due to unavoidable foreign aggression and loss of American life and economic despair, Wilson declared war in April 1917. Throughout the entire war Wilson campaigned for “Peace without Victory” and “self-determination” amongst the belligerent countries. As the war progressed it seems less and less likely that Wilson would get his wishes until finally in November 1918 World War I came to a halt. As peace negotiations began Wilson still had high hopes that the Allies and Germany could still work things out peacefully. Unfortunately things didn’t run as smoothly as planned. Wilson ended up sacrificing many principals for overall peace. Though international issues were eventually settled there was much criticism towards Wilson during and after the negations were settled. There are many reasons that World War I happened. Wilson was unfortunately caught in the middle of international conflict despite desperately attempting to stay out of the war. According to link, Wilson believed that the cause of World War I was due to a plethora of events including growing militarism, the growing nationalism in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Russia’s longing for

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