Idealist or Pragmatist? Woodrow Wilson's Views on Organizing of the Post-War World in 'Czas' (1919)
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In 1918 Woodrow Wilson left the United States and took part in the Paris Peace Conference. American war goals were contained in the famous Fourteen Points, which later became the basis of the peace. Both the Conference and the person of President Wilson were widely discussed by the Polish press. It is worth mentioning that after the war and in the twenties of the twentieth century the American President's myth was extremely powerful. The image of Woodrow Wilson created by the Polish press clearly indicates that he was perceived rather as an idealist, who did not know much about European matters, than a pragmatist. However, it is hard to state univocally whether he was an idealist or a pragmatist. In the author opinion, he could be either of them, depending on the circumstances and the goals he wanted to achieve.
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