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

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Chapter 7 The Sun Rises in the West

The French understand us now completely and the president is everywhere adored. It is recognized now that he is the greatest man the war has produced and the effect of his noble message has been to lift the whole struggle onto a plane of high idealism. When this job is done, we are going to have a new world and a better world in which to live...[but] they'll never have a revolution in Germany until the government orders one.

-- Brand Whitlock to Colonel House, April 28, 1917.

No soldier believed in the honest neutrality of the United States and of its president. We instinctively sensed the economic interests which bound up the enormous fortunes in the United States with England's conduct of the war.

-- General Erich Ludendorff, November 18, 1919 to the Reichstag Committee to Inquire into the Responsibility for the War.

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Table of contents

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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