A Companion to 20th-Century America (Blackwell Companions to by Stephen J. Whitfield PDF

By Stephen J. Whitfield

ISBN-10: 0631211004

ISBN-13: 9780631211006

A better half to 20th-Century the US is an authoritative survey of an important issues and subject matters of twentieth-century American historical past and historiography. includes 29 unique essays via major students, every one assessing the previous and present nation of yank scholarship contains thematic essays overlaying themes comparable to faith, ethnicity, conservatism, international coverage, and the media, in addition to essays protecting significant time sessions Identifies and discusses the main influential literature within the box, and indicates new avenues of study, because the century has interested in an in depth

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Other historians maintained that the United States went to war to gain access to world markets for US corporations. American participation, in this view, was aimed at Soviet Communism and European imperialism as much as at Germany (Mayer 1959; Levin 1968; Williams 1972; Gardner 1984). Interpretations aside, the United States would not have gone to war unless President Wilson desired it. His speeches suggest that he wanted American participation in the war in order to create a new world order. At first, by offering to mediate, Wilson tried to achieve that goal peacefully.

The United States had recently acquired the Philippines, built the Panama Canal, intervened in Central America, and increased its foreign trade and investment substantially. Yet none of these international involvements seemed to break through the traditional attitude of secure detachment from world politics that historians have dubbed ‘‘isolationism’’ (Adler 1957). In 1914, Americans were shocked out of insular complacency when the great powers of Europe suddenly declared war on each other. Britain, France, Russia, and (in 1915) Italy were the Allies; Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and (in 1915) the Ottoman empire were the Central Powers.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Weinstein, James (1968) The Corporate Ideal in the Liberal State, 1900–1918. Boston: Beacon Press. Wiebe, Robert H. (1967) The Search for Order, 1877–1920. New York: Hill and Wang. CHAPTER TWO 1914–1929 GLEN GENDZEL For Americans, the years from 1914 to 1929 raised questions without easy answers. Could the United States remain neutral in a world at war? Could Americans make a difference in that war and in the peace that followed? What was the proper role of the United States in world affairs?

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