The United States and the planning of an American NWO, 1939–44
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This chapter concentrates on thinking in the United States. It shows how the institutional and private thinking that had been such a feature of the preliminaries to the Versailles settlement were replicated during the Second World War. Neutrality and its extreme handmaiden, isolationism had always been a factor in American foreign policy, but were given reinforcement by the disgust felt by many Americans towards the Versailles settlement. The chapter also shows how they were differently articulated, in the United States but also in Britain. The United States was trying to create an new world order (NWO) based on liberal democratic forms of government and capitalist economic structures. The criterion for entry to the NWO 'club' of the post-war period was essentially to become one of accepting definitions of 'freedom' and 'justice' that were far more narrow than Franklin Delano Roosevelt had intended in the Atlantic Charter.

Failed imagination?

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

Editor: Andrew Williams

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