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The Historical Setting: The United States and Western Europe before 1945

Geir Lundestad

in The United States and Western Europe Since 1945

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199266685
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601057 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199266689.003.0002
The Historical Setting: The United States and Western Europe before 1945

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Provides the historical setting for the relationship between the US and Western Europe before 1945. The account starts with the British–American war of 1812, and goes on to America's military–political isolation up to its 1917 declaration of war on Germany. It then looks at the inter‐war years, when American isolationism hardened, and continues until the entry of the US into the Second World War after Pearl Harbour and Hitler's ensuing declaration of war on America. Both American isolationism and the cultural Americanization of Europe are discussed in some detail.

Keywords: American isolationism; Americanization of Europe; American–Western European relations; British–American war of 1812; cultural Americanization of Europe; First World War; history; Second World War; United States; Western Europe

Chapter.  2214 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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