The Inquiry: Geography and a “Scientific Peace”

Neil Smith

in American Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520230279
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931527 | DOI:
The Inquiry: Geography and a “Scientific Peace”

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This chapter discusses the role of geography in the foreign relations of the United States during World War I. It introduces the Inquiry, a specialized organization that was established by President Woodrow Wilson. Its significance in the history of U.S. foreign relations is studied. The discussion then shows how a “scientific” approach was combined with a global purview; this marked the founding of the first significant think tank in U.S. foreign relations. The chapter also examines the shared interests between the State Department and the American Geographical Society.

Keywords: geography; foreign relations; Inquiry; President Woodrow Wilson; scientific approach; global purview; think tank

Chapter.  11027 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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