The Wilsonian Moment : Self Determination And The International Origins Of Anticolonial Nationalism

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The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination And The International Origins Of Anticolonial Nationalism was written by Erez Manela in 2007. As stated by the author “This book is an effort to reconstruct the story of the colonial world at the Wilsonian moment.” This book looks outside of the usual mold of international relations which encompass the events following the First World War, and instead Manela looks at how countries outside the European powers viewed the events of the Paris Peace conference. There is more to be said about the impact of Wilsonian ideology on the rest of the world apart from the notion that it fizzled as a utopian ideal within the context of the World’s great powers in 1919. Manela demonstrates the way any idea can have an impact on the people of the world even it was not intended. The author also shows how the colonial framework of International Relations may have changed because of the Wilsonian moment. As author James Chase described the ideals of Woodrow Wilson he stated Wilson “wanted to grant all peoples the right of self-determination and to acknowledge the legitimacy of their national aspirations.” The people and nations of the colonial world believed Wilson had the power to create a lasting change and this idea of self-determination in countries far from Europe brewed. Wilson championed the ideals of liberalism and even if his attention was directed toward helping ethnic and cultural groups within Europe the universal message he was sending…

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