An expansive introduction organized by year within the four themes of the Politicians' War, the Generals' War, the Soldiers' War, and the Civilians' War. See especially Part 5: The Shadow of War. Available as a 14-day loan from the Internet Archive.
This book results from a series of public forums held in 2007-2008 featuring renowned historians of World War I. Topics range from the origins of the war and responsibility for the July Crisis; generalship and military command; the soldiers' experiences of combat; the peace-making process and the overwhelming pressures under which statesmen worked; and the long-term cultural consequences of the war, showing that the Great War was "great" not merely because of its magnitude but also because of its revolutionary effects. In addition to shedding new light on these subjects, this book provides a window into the process of historical analysis and how it takes form.
From causes to consequences, from the trenches of Flanders to the mountains of the Balkans and the deserts of the Middle East, from the strategy of the politicians to the tactics of the generals, distinguished historians of the Great War chart the course of the conflict and assess its profound political and human impacts. Material on economic mobilization, the role of women, propaganda campaigns, and the rise of socialism establish the wider context of the fighting on land, at sea, and in the air. See especially Chapter 18: The Entry of the USA into the War and its Effects.
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The article presents an address made by United States President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 regarding American involvement in World War I. Wilson comments on the benefits of maintaining neutrality in the conflict. Wilson remarks that Americans must display loyalty to the U.S., over and above loyalty to European countries of family origin. The role of the U.S. as a mediator of international conflict is highlighted in the speech. Wilson warns Americans against allowing differences of opinion on the conflict to interfere with the spirit of neutrality. The speech includes an appeal to maintain neutrality for the sake of maintaining peace and resolving conflict.
Presents the text of a note written by the United States president responding to the German sinking of the Royal Mail Ship Lusitania in 1915 during World War I. Previous American respect of German rights; Reasons for the German sinking of the Lusitania; Protest against the use of submarines in the control of shipping; Other resolutions.
The article presents the text of a 1918 speech by United States President Woodrow Wilson in which he outlined fourteen points he believed would put those involved in World War I on the road to lasting peace. Wilson's first point urges for open peace treaties and no private international understandings; diplomacy should be frank and within the public view. Second, he urges freedom of navigation on the sees outside territorial waters. Third, he urges the removal of all economic barriers and equal trade conditions among all nations. In his fourth point, Wilson asks for national disarmaments to the lowest point consistent with domestic safety. Fifth, Wilson asks for an impartial adjustment of all colonial claims in such a way that the populations concerned have equal weight with the equitable claims of the government whose title is to be determined. Points six through thirteen concern Russia, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Romania, Turkey, and Poland, respectively. The fourteenth point calls for a general association of nations formed under covenants for the purpose of guaranteeing political independence and territorial integrity of all nations.