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Statecraft and Salvation
Wilsonian Liberal Internationalism as Secularized Eschatology

By Milan Babík

Statecraft and Salvation
Hardback, 277 pages $49.95
Published: 15th August 2013
ISBN: 9781602587434
Format: 9in x 6in


Subjects: All Political Science, American History, Faith & Foreign Affairs, Religion & Politics

Understanding Woodrow Wilson’s approach to international relations requires acknowledgment of his Protestant faith. In Statecraft and Salvation, Milan Babík delivers a fresh analysis of Wilson’s progressive international political thought by examining it within the broader context of the American liberal tradition. The progressive belief that the world in general, and Europe in particular, could achieve peace carried with it a secular hope and a Christian eschatological vision for the future. Babík contends that the ultimate result of this belief devolved to serve a more totalitarian agenda. Statecraft and Salvation traces Wilson’s “New Democracy” to liberal internationalism as an effort distinctly shaped by his faith. 

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The Two Utopianisms: Wilsonian Liberal Internationalism vs. Secularized Eschatology

1 From Providence to Progress

Secularization Theory

2 Secularization and Totalitarian Movements

Probing the Limits of the Concept

3 The Eschatological Origins of the American Republic

Millennialism in Colonial America

4 “Manifest Destiny”

Secularized Eschatology in the Nineteenth-Century United States

5 The (Not So) Conservative Millennialist

Woodrow Wilson and History as Orderly Progress Toward Liberty

6 “To Release Mankind from the Intolerable Things of the Past”

Wilson’s Wartime Statecraft as a Mission to Redeem the World

Conclusion

(Re)Integrating the Two Utopianisms: Wilsonian Liberal Internationalism as Secularized Eschatology

Bibliography

Index 

“Although a reading of Wilsonian liberal internationalism that reduces it entirely to a secularized version of Christian biblical promise may not be persuasive to everyone, Babík lends powerful support to an argument that these days is far too often dismissed.”

Tony Smith, Cornelia Jackson Professor of Political Science, Tufts University and author of the expanded version of America's Mission: The United States and the Worldwide Struggle for Democracy

“Milan Babík’s Statecraft and Salvation makes the most powerful case that I know of for the influence of religious belief in Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy."

—Frank Ninkovich, Professor of History, St. John's University and author of Global Dawn: The Cultural Foundation of American Internationalism, 1865-1900

Statecraft and Salvation argues that Wilson’s political and religious utopianism were two sides of the same coin and shows how U.S. diplomatic and intellectual history may be productively examined together.”

—Akira Iriye, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Emeritus, Harvard University

Milan Babík holds a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and specializes in international relations theory and the history of ideas.



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Hardback , 277 pages
ISBN:
 9781602587434
Format:
 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:
  POL011000, REL084000
Imprint:
 Baylor University Press



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