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A Journalist's Diplomatic Mission
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At the height of World War I, in the winter of 1917–1918, one of the Progressive era’s most successful muckracking journalists, Ray Stannard Baker (1870–1946), set out on a special mission to Europe on behalf of the Wilson administration. While posing as a foreign correspondent for the New Republic and the New York World, Baker assessed public opinion in Europe about the war and postwar settlement. American officials in the White House and State Department held Baker’s wide-ranging, trenchant reports in high regard. After the war, Baker remained in government service as the president’s press secretary at the Paris Peace Conference, where the Allied victors dictated the peace terms to the defeated Central Powers. Baker’s position gave him an extraordinary vantage point from which to view history in the making. He kept a voluminous diary of his service to the president, beginning with his voyage to Europe and lasting through his time as press secretary. Unlike Baker’s published books about Wilson, leavened by much reflection, his diary allows modern readers unfiltered impressions of key moments in history by a thoughtful inside observer. Published here for the first time, this long-neglected source includes an introduction by John Maxwell Hamilton and Robert Mann that places Baker and his diary into historical context.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxxiv
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  1. PART I: REPORTING ON PUBLIC OPINION IN GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND ITALY
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. I Sail for England
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 2. London, and an Airplane Bombing
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. 3. First Impressions of British Opinion
  2. pp. 11-17
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  1. 4. I Dine with Ambassador Page
  2. pp. 18-24
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  1. 5. Arthur Henderson and Other Labour and Radical Leaders
  2. pp. 25-32
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  1. 6. Great Battle in France
  2. pp. 33-39
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  1. 7. I Meet a Saint
  2. pp. 40-46
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  1. 8. The Peace-by-Negotiation Movement
  2. pp. 47-52
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  1. 9. Lord Mayor’s Dinner
  2. pp. 53-57
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  1. 10. London in War Time
  2. pp. 58-61
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  1. 11. A Conversation with Bertrand Russell
  2. pp. 62-66
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  1. 12. The “Other Half” and the War
  2. pp. 67-71
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  1. 13. The Snowdens and the “I.L.P.”
  2. pp. 72-74
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  1. 14. The House of Lords Solemnly Discusses the War
  2. pp. 75-81
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  1. 15. I Gather a Variety of British Opinions
  2. pp. 82-87
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  1. 16. I Visit Lord Charnwood at Lichfield
  2. pp. 88-91
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  1. 17. A Crucial English By-election
  2. pp. 92-97
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  1. 18. Sir Horace Plunkett and the Irish Problem
  2. pp. 98-105
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  1. 19. Ulster Speaks Its Mind
  2. pp. 106-110
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  1. 20. A Visit to the Pages at Sandwich
  2. pp. 111-119
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  1. 21. A Lull in the Battle
  2. pp. 120-125
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  1. 22. Wilson’s Leadership in Europe
  2. pp. 126-130
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  1. 23. I Sit Between the Lion and the Unicorn
  2. pp. 131-135
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  1. 24. English Leaders and English Ideas
  2. pp. 136-140
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  1. 25. I Attend a Dramatic Meeting of the Labour Party Conference
  2. pp. 141-147
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  1. 26. I Attend an American Baseball Game
  2. pp. 148-153
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  1. 27. In London Again
  2. pp. 154-164
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  1. 28. The British Sense of Superiority
  2. pp. 165-169
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  1. 29. My Summaries of the Situation in England and France After Five Months
  2. pp. 170-179
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  1. 30. I Went Today to Dorking
  2. pp. 180-184
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  1. 31. Attitude of French Radicals Toward the War
  2. pp. 185-189
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  1. 32. I See Something of the War in Italy
  2. pp. 190-194
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  1. 33. The Piavi River Front and the War in the Alps
  2. pp. 195-197
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  1. 34. A Great Day in War-Shattered Venice
  2. pp. 198-199
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  1. 35. Great News in Milan and a Great Strike
  2. pp. 200-204
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  1. 36. Rome Again
  2. pp. 205-211
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  1. 37. Reverberations in Rome of Wilson’s Responses to Germany
  2. pp. 212-216
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  1. 38. I Visit the Radical Leaders of Rome
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. 39. My Report to the State Department from Italy
  2. pp. 221-229
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  1. 40. Night Train to Paris
  2. pp. 230-230
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  1. PART II: THE PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE
  2. p. 231
  1. 1. I Arrive at Paris
  2. pp. 233-239
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  1. 2. The Heart of Wilson’s Problem in Europe as I Saw It
  2. pp. 240-244
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  1. 3. The Armistice in Paris
  2. pp. 245-251
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  1. 4. I Return to Italy
  2. pp. 252-259
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  1. 5. Genoa and Florence
  2. pp. 260-266
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  1. 6. I Return to Paris
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. 7. Wilson’s Arrival in Paris
  2. pp. 271-276
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  1. 8. The King of Italy Visits the President
  2. pp. 277-283
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  1. 9. I Meet One of the Wisest Americans in Paris
  2. pp. 284-289
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  1. 10. Problems of Publicity at the Paris Peace Conference
  2. pp. 290-294
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  1. 11. Return Voyage to Paris with the Presidential Party
  2. pp. 295-302
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  1. 12. The President Throws a Bombshell
  2. pp. 303-312
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  1. 13. Efforts to Wear the President Down
  2. pp. 313-320
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  1. 14. The President Falls Ill
  2. pp. 321-329
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  1. 15. Northcliffe Attacks Lloyd George and Wilson
  2. pp. 330-340
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  1. 16. Great Battle over Japanese-Chinese Problems
  2. pp. 341-353
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  1. 17. May Day Riots in Paris
  2. pp. 354-360
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  1. 18. Greatest Day, So Far, of the Peace Conference
  2. pp. 361-368
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  1. 19. I Fly to Brussels
  2. pp. 369-379
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  1. 20. Jokers in the Treaty
  2. pp. 380-388
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  1. 21. Flooded with German Responses to Treaty Provisions
  2. pp. 389-396
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  1. 22. Several Important Conversations with the President
  2. pp. 397-406
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  1. 23. First Meeting of the Entire American Peace Commission
  2. pp. 407-412
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  1. 24. Europe Awakening to the Realities
  2. pp. 413-419
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  1. 25. Problem of Germany’s Admission to the League
  2. pp. 420-428
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  1. 26. Wilson as a Story Teller
  2. pp. 429-436
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  1. 27. Breathless Final Days
  2. pp. 437-448
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 449-469
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