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The United States and the First World War

1st Edition

By Jennifer D. Keene

Routledge

166 pages

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The First World War was a pivotal event in world history, but Americans often overlook the importance of their participation in the war. The United States and the First World War provides a concise, comprehensive and engaging evaluation of the war's significance in American history by examining the causes of the war, mobilization on the homefront, key social reforms enacted during the war, military strategy, the experiences of soldiers, the Versailles Peace Treaty, and the lessons Americans drew in the postwar years from their wartime experiences. Was the First World War a just war for the United States? This lively and interesting guide, full of maps and key primary source documents gives students the resources they need to grapple with this important question, and also to analyze how the war changed millions of American lives.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to the Series VII

Note on Referencing System Vlll

Author's Acknowledgements ix

Publisher's Acknowledgements IX

List of Abbreviations X

List of Maps XI

INTRODUCTION 1

PART ONE: ORIGINS OF THE WAR 5

1. WAS THE WAR INEVITABLE? 7

War in Europe, 1914 7

Woodrow Wilson: at Home and in Mexico 9

Neutral in Word and Deed, then War 12

Fourteen Points and the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk:

Just versus Unjust Peace 18

PART TWO: THE HOMEFRONT 21

2. MOBILIZATION: NEW POWERS FOR THE GOVERNMENT 23

Bargains among the State, Capital, and Labor 23

Drafting an Army 28

Paying for the War 32

Propaganda and Civil Liberties 33

3. SOCIAL CHANGES AT HOME: PROGRESSIVISM RUNS

ITS COURSE

Prohibition

Female Suffrage

African-American Migration

The First Red Scare and Immigration Restrictions

PART THREE: OVERSEAS 51

4. FIGHTING THE WAR 53

Leadership and Strategy .54

The American Soldier Experience 60

Intervention in North Russia and Siberia 6.5

5. PEACE 69

The Paris Peace Settlement 70

The Lost Generation, the Bonus March and the GI Bill 77

Evoking the War: Remembrance and Lessons Learned 80

PART FOUR: ASSESSMENT 83

6. THE MEANING OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

FOR THE UNITED STATES 85

PART FIVE: DOCUMENTS 89

Chronology 113

Glossary 118

Who's Who 121

Bibliography 124

Index

About the Author

Jennifer D. Keene

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European, US and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

Almost half a century after its launch, the series continues to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions. To submit proposals for new books in the Seminar Studies series, please contact the series editors:

Clive.Emsley: clive.emsley @ open.ac.uk

Gordon Martel: Gordon.Martel @ unbc.ca

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS027090
HISTORY / Military / World War I
HIS038000
HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)