Failed Imagination?

The Anglo-American new world order from Wilson to Bush (2nd ed.)

By Andrew Williams

Failed Imagination?


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7462-2
  • Pages: 360
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: January 2007
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / International relations, Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, International relations, Politics


The main purpose of this book is to explain how (mainly) American, but also British and other Western, policy makers have planned and largely managed to create an international order in their own image, the so-called 'New World Order'. It shows how this seismic shift in international relations has developed through the major global wars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It uses a wide variety of historical archival material to give the background to the current and historical American obsession with creating the world order, one that both reflects the American national interest but also can be said to have established the major security, economic, organisational and normative pillars of our epoch. In addition it provides excellent background reading for the current debate about American foreign policy and the origins of 'neo-conservatism' in international relations.

This edition updates a very successful first edition of the title, with additional material to take into account changes in the global order since 2001 and the beginning of the 'War on Terror'.


1. The imagining of the Versailles NWO, 1914-19
2. The Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles, 1919
3. The United States and the planning of an American NWO, 1939-44
4. Roosevelt's NWO: Britain
5. Joint Allied proposals for an NWO: relationships and issues, 1941-45
6. International organisation, global security and the NWO
7. The economic element of the NWO project
8. Self-determination and the NWO
Conclusion: the Third American New World Order: the Clinton and Bush Presidencies, 1990 - 2006


Andrew Williams is professor of International Relations of the University of St Andrews

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