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Wilsonian Moment Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism

ISBN-10: 0195378539
ISBN-13: 9780195378535
Edition: 2009
Authors: Erez Manela
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Description: During the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, while key decisions were debated by the victorious Allied powers, a multitude of smaller nations and colonies held their breath, waiting to see how their fates would be decided. President Woodrow Wilson, in  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

During the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, while key decisions were debated by the victorious Allied powers, a multitude of smaller nations and colonies held their breath, waiting to see how their fates would be decided. President Woodrow Wilson, in his Fourteen Points, had called for "a free, open-minded, and absolutely impartial adjustment of all colonial claims," giving equal weight would be given to the opinions of the colonized peoples and the colonial powers. Among those nations now paying close attention to Wilson's words and actions were the budding nationalist leaders of four disparate non-Western societies--Egypt, India, China, and Korea. That spring, Wilson's words would help ignite political upheavals in all four of these countries. This book is the first to place the 1919 Revolution in Egypt, the Rowlatt Satyagraha in India, the May Fourth movement in China, and the March First uprising in Korea in the context of a broader "Wilsonian moment" that challenged the existing international order. Using primary source material from America, Europe, and Asia, historian Erez Manela tells the story of how emerging nationalist movements appropriated Wilsonian language and adapted it to their own local culture and politics as they launched into action on the international stage. The rapid disintegration of the Wilsonian promise left a legacy of disillusionment and facilitated the spread of revisionist ideologies and movements in these societies; future leaders of Third World liberation movements--Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, and Jawaharlal Nehru, among others--were profoundly shaped by their experiences at the time. The importance of the Paris Peace Conference and Wilson's influence on international affairs far from the battlefields of Europe cannot be underestimated. Now, for the first time, we can clearly see just how the events played out at Versailles sparked a wave of nationalism that is still resonating globally today.

Erez Manela is Professor of History, Harvard University.

Note on Names
Introduction: A Spring of Upheaval
The Emergence of the Wilsonian Moment
Self-Determination for Whom?
Fighting for the Mind of Mankind
The Internationalization of Nationalism
President Wilson Arrives in Cairo
Laying India's Ailments before Dr. Wilson
China's Place among Nations
Seizing the Moment in Seoul
The Failure of Liberal Anticolonialism
The 1919 Revolution
From Paris to Amritsar
Empty Chairs at Versailles
A World Safe for Empire?
Conclusion: Toward a "Family of Nations"
Note on Sources and Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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