People in the United States and other countries, if they know anything about Woodrow Wilson, identify this American president with the League of Nations. They regard his role in its creation as his major contribution to world history. Beyond this general consensus, however, there is considerable disagreement.
Lloyd E. Ambrosius is Samuel Clark Waugh Distinguished Professor of International Relations and professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His latest book as editor is Writing Briography: Historians and Their Craft (2004). He was a SHGAPE council member from 2002 to 2005.
1 I want to express my gratitude to the History Department at Leiden University, The Netherlands, for inviting me to deliver a Crayenborgh College Honors Lecture in May 2004. This article is a revised text of that lecture.