A Peaceful Conquest: Woodrow Wilson, Religion, And The New World Order by Cara Lea BurnidgeA Peaceful Conquest: Woodrow Wilson, Religion, And The New World Order by Cara Lea Burnidge

A Peaceful Conquest: Woodrow Wilson, Religion, And The New World Order

byCara Lea Burnidge

Hardcover | October 19, 2016

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A century after his presidency, Woodrow Wilson remains one of the most compelling and complicated figures ever to occupy the Oval Office. A political outsider, Wilson brought to the presidency a distinctive, strongly held worldview, built on powerful religious traditions that informed his idea of America and its place in the world.

With A Peaceful Conquest, Cara Lea Burnidge presents the most detailed analysis yet of how Wilson’s religious beliefs affected his vision of American foreign policy, with repercussions that lasted into the Cold War and beyond. Framing Wilson’s intellectual development in relationship to the national religious landscape, and paying greater attention to the role of religion than in previous scholarship, Burnidge shows how Wilson’s blend of Southern evangelicalism and social Christianity became a central part of how America saw itself in the world, influencing seemingly secular policy decisions in subtle, lasting ways. Ultimately, Burnidge makes a case for Wilson’s religiosity as one of the key drivers of the emergence of the public conception of America’s unique, indispensable role in international relations.

As the presidential election cycle once again raises questions of America’s place in the world, A Peaceful Conquest offers a fascinating excavation of its little-known roots.
Cara Lea Burnidge is assistant professor of religion at the University of Northern Iowa.
Title:A Peaceful Conquest: Woodrow Wilson, Religion, And The New World OrderFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:October 19, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022623231X

ISBN - 13:9780226232317

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Table of Contents


1 From Reconstruction to Regeneration
2 Christianization of America in the World
3 Blessed Are the Peacemakers
4 New World Order
5 A Tale of Two Exceptionalisms
6 The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Woodrow Wilson
Conclusion: Formulations of Church and State



Editorial Reviews

“A Peaceful Conquest is a thoughtful and well-researched analysis of the relationship between Protestantism and US foreign relations in the early twentieth century. Focusing on the career of Woodrow Wilson, it illuminates the complex way in which white middle-class ‘social Christians’ conceptualized race, democracy reform, and America’s place in the world. In so doing, Burnidge has made an impressive contribution to our understanding of both progressive era culture and the role of religious ideas in America’s foreign policy during World War I.”