Triggering Intervention: Woodrow Wilson and the American Military Expeditions to Russia
Kudzia, David M.
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When historians write, they know that "there are roadways not to be traveled, armies not to be attacked, walled cities not to be assaulted." No work can hope to incorporate every relevant fact or theory. This examination of the American expeditionary forces to Russia lacks many things, such as discussion of domestic politic movements and in-depth analysis of the Allied war aims in Russia. Instead, its purpose is to arrange some of the documentary fragments so that new perspective on the process of executive decision-making can be obtained. Though countless pages have been filled in attempts to teach leadership and judgment, I am of the opinion that such a venture is folly. Trying to draw generalized conclusions that are universally applicable can only lead to mimicry and disaster. The study of past leaders and their decisions should, instead, provide a deeper appreciation of the difficulties of command and authority. Given the difficulties that have arisen from shallow understandings of events, it is perplexing that history is not held in higher regard today.