Now in its second edition, The United States and the First World War draws on the most recent scholarship to examine the significance of World War I in American history.
Written in a lively style that brings the era and historical actors alive, this concise and accessible text give students the resources they need to grapple with the important question of how the conflict revolutionized the American way of war in the 20th century. It examines the causes of the war, mobilization of the Homefront and key social reforms of time, as well as military strategy, the experiences of soldiers and the Versailles Peace Treaty. Jennifer D. Keene touches on social reform and social justice movements that were energized by the war, such as female suffragists, temperance advocates, African Americans, and Progressives pressing to make America safe for democracy. This new edition includes an expanded discussion of humanitarianism, the African American experience, and the impact of the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. New primary documents and four detailed maps provide students with additional context for this pivotal time in history.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of modern American history, American military history, and U.S. Foreign Relations.
Table of Contents
Part I: Analysis 0. Introduction: The First World War 1. Was the War Inevitable? 2. Mobilization: New Powers For The Government 3. Social Changes At Home 4. Fighting The War 5. Peace 6. Conclusion: The Meaning Of The First World War For The United States Part II: Documents
Jennifer D. Keene is Professor of History at Chapman University, USA.