The Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: American War Aims in World War I

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Chapter 6
These People Have One God -- Force

And this was Germany! Not the good natured German of the glass of beer and the tasseled pipe...not the sentimentality of the blue flowers and moonlight of the castled Rhine, not the poetry of Goethe and Schiller, not the insipid sweet strains of Mendelssohn nor the profound harmonies of Wagner, nor the philosophy of Immanuel Kant; but this dread thing, this monstrous anachronism, modern science yoked to the chariot of autocracy and driven by the cruel will of the pagan world.

-- Brand Whitlock, "U.S. Minister to Belgium, 1913-1919", in Belgium ( 1919).

Wilson believed that 1917 would prove decisive in ending the Great War. It did, but not in the way he anticipated as the year began. He was convinced that the majority of citizens in the nations at war eagerly desired peace but that their respective governments suppressed such aspirations.1 Wilson determined to make a more explicit appeal in January, even before he received the Allies' reply. Their note of January 10 confirmed his suspicion of the avaricious nature of their war

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The Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: American War Aims in World War I
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Chapter 1 - Containment 1917 1
  • Notes 10
  • Chapter 2 - Most Terrible of All Wars 13
  • Notes 24
  • Chapter 3 - A Cruel and Unmanly Business 27
  • Notes 36
  • Chapter 4 - Not One Chance in Thousands 39
  • Notes 56
  • Chapter 5 - Toward an American Neutrality 61
  • Notes 80
  • Chapter 6 - These People Have One God -- Force 83
  • Notes 93
  • Chapter 7 - The Sun Rises in the West 97
  • Notes 111
  • Chapter 8 - Force Without Stint or Limit 117
  • Notes 129
  • Chapter 9 - Venomous Victories 133
  • Notes 141
  • Bibliography 143
  • Index 155
  • About the Author *
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