by James R. Holmes
Washington: Potomac Books, 2005. Pp. iii, 325.
Illus., notes, biblio., index. $29.95. ISBN:1-57488-883-8
Albeit about events a century or so in the past, Theodore Roosevelt and World Order is a rather timely look at the ideas of one of the principle founders of modern internationalism. Despite his image as a militaristic jingo, Theodore Roosevelt was actually a very careful statesman and a strong champion of international order and cooperation, including what we today call “peace keeping” or “peace making.”
This well--documented work (be sure to read the notes, as they are often quite valuable) reviews T.R.’s intellectual roots and his basic ideas about international relations, national power, foreign policy and international law, using a series of case studies (though it curiously spends little space on his masterful orchestration of the end of the Russo-Japanese War), to demonstrate his approach to international order. It concludes with a review of some principles that ought to underpin international interventionist peace making.