War Book of the University of Wisconsin: Papers on the Causes and Issues of the War by Members of the Faculty

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"THE WORLD MUST BE MADE SAFE FOR DEMOCRACY"

BY W. L. WESTERMANN Professor of History

"We are glad, now that we see the facts with no veil of false pretence about them, to fight thus for the ultimate peace of the world and for the liberation of its people, the German peoples included: for the rights of nations great and small and the privilege of men everywhere to choose their way of life and of obedience. The world must be made safe for democracy."

In these words, spoken before the joint session of Congress upon April 2, 1917, when he asked Congress to declare the existence of a state of war between our own government and the government of the German Empire, President Wilson gave to us and to the world the fighting slogan of the people of the United States: "The world must be made safe for democracy." In it is the note of danger to the great thing which we have ben attempting to realize for over a century, the great ideal of popular government. Had we made an utter failure of the great experiment of democracy--which we have not--the people of the United States are still and always committed to fight for it and die for it, just because it is a great ideal.

So the question is a vital one to us: Is the world safe for democracy so long as the present German government remains in control of the German people, exploiting the

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War Book of the University of Wisconsin: Papers on the Causes and Issues of the War by Members of the Faculty
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Preface 3
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 11
  • Germany's Secret War Council, July 5, 1914 15
  • Germany's Ambition for World Power 30
  • Bibliography 43
  • Why Germany Wanted War 45
  • How Germany Explains Her Acts 61
  • Why Russia, France, and Britain Entered the War 75
  • Did Germany Wrong Belgium? 89
  • How Germany Makes War 101
  • What Frightfulness Means 119
  • Germany's War on Neutrals 131
  • How Germany Overthrew International Law 141
  • German Autocracy and Militarism 153
  • Our Right to Ship Munitions 180
  • Bibliography 192
  • Germany's War on Us in Time of Peace 193
  • German Submarines and the British Blockade 203
  • Bibliography 212
  • Germany's Gain from Germany's Defeat 213
  • Bibliography 224
  • Why Workingmen Support the War 225
  • If Germany Wins 241
  • The World Must Be Made Safe for Democracy 253
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