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EDGAR E. ROBINSON
Stanford Junior University
VICTOR J. WEST
Leland Stanford Junior University
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Set up and electroty ped. Published December, 1917. Reprinted January, 1918.
It has been the aim of the authors to present an account of the development of the policy followed by Woodrow Wilson in dealing with the foreign relations of the United States during the years 1913–1917, and to provide in convenient form the more important statements of President Wilson and his Secretaries of State in announcing and carrying forward that policy. No attempt has been made to write a history of the diplomacy of the period or to discuss with any thought of finality the multitude of questions that fill it. The paramount problems, the fundamental principles, the great decisions,
these only have been given extended treatment. Because the period was so filled with rapid changes it seemed essential to append a carefully selected chronology of the significant events in American foreign relations.
In public discussions great stress has been put upon the events which preceded the entrance of the United States into the Great War and upon President Wilson's addresses and proclamations thereby called forth. The full understanding of the meaning of those utterances and of the implications of President Wilson's policy is to be found in the examination of the earlier and in some respects more significant period of his administration which preceded the opening of the Great War. Leland Stanford Junior University,
September 1, 1917.