“America's Mission: The United States and The Worldwide Struggle for Democracy in the Twentieth Century”

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The name of the book that has been selected for the review is “America's Mission: The United States and The Worldwide Struggle for Democracy in the Twentieth Century”, written by Tony Smith in 1994. The book tends to give an in-depth review of the political understanding that had been practising internationally. The role of democracy has always remained quite crucial in the context of managing the foreign relationship. Professor Smith has been associated with Tufts and Harvard and has a belief in the legacy of Woodrow Wilson who has extensively laid a considerable impact on U.S. foreign policy. According to Wilson it was a routine for the American leaders to share a common assumption and in addition to this the growth of democracy in other countries has a direct influence on attaining secured American homeland. The book has propagated the assumption that fostering democracy is never easy to have implemented as for Americans perception about liberal internationalism has brazen out, made adjustments or raised practically against the intractable forces that may have been stimulated by modern nationalism. In the book, Professor Smith has taken an apparent pride in what he believes, that is, Wilsonianism. There is the most significant and idiosyncratic contribution American worldwide history of the 20th century. He has elaborated on “liberal democracy” in the form of comprehensive philosophy of the state. It is the same ideology that attempted to plan communal forces together with complimentary political parties to communicate the choice of the people.


Professor Smith has rebuffed the Marxist thesis that tends to assert on the significance of supremacy of economic elements in case of both overseas policy and worldwide affairs. He has not used realist school as to lat emphasis on his viewpoint. The author believes that leading realists has botched to comprehend and interpret how overseas policy has been designed by a single philosophy. This philosophy is the outcome of existing domestic values and the provided infrastructure. International relations are reflected comprehensively in comparison to the unending effort for geological and tactical supremacy. The writer seems to be quite sure about the prevailing encouragement of liberal internationalism expands the protection of the American nation. He believes that Wilson was genius to establish and attain the understanding that democratic world order that was introduced by American (via a League of Nations) should make sure the progression and safety of entire land of America. Wilsonianism is the main focus of the primary mission of America. However, Americans could be mistaken by refusing to step in the League and are ready to play the role of being exploiters and unskilled imperialists as in the case of Cuba and Philippines.

Professor Smith has mentioned in his book the realization of Wilson that the increased propagation of nationalism could pose a challenge to the significance of liberty and governance. Once it has been appropriately channeled the passion of the nationalists could be managed by using positive constitutional implications and free societies. In the context, ...