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Show More The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anti-Colonial Nationalism by Erez Manela.
Oxford, 331 pp., £17.99, July 2007, 978 0 19 517615 5Show More
“... Early in The Wilsonian Moment, Erez Manela tells a story about Ho Chi Minh that I often heard in student Communist circles in India. Ho was an indigent worker in Paris when Woodrow Wilson arrived in the city in 1919 with a plan to make the world ‘safe for democracy’. Inspired by Wilson’s advocacy of national self-determination, Ho sought an audience with the US president, hoping to persuade him to use his new influence to restore Vietnamese rule in French Indo-China ...”