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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explains the diplomatic history and contemporaneous literature about the genesis of the 'new world order' (NWO) of the twentieth century. It examines both the motivations and actions of the principal political actors and groups of decision makers during the periods 1914-19 and 1939-45. The book conveys the heart of what is an essentially 'Anglo-American' body of thought and practice. The twentieth century has also seen a voluminous literature reflecting on peace and war, which has been constantly drawn upon by leaders to feed their imaginations and whose hopes and aspirations they hoped to fulfil. Hence H.G. Wells or Norman Angell are as much to be acknowledged as creators of the new world order imaginings of 1918-19 as Woodrow Wilson.

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Failed imagination?

The Anglo-American new world order from Wilson to Bush (Second edition)



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