How the American Century Started

David Ellwood

in The Shock of America

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780198228790
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741739 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe

How the American Century Started

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This chapter describes the way European élites became aware of the rising power of America following the Spanish–American war of 1898; shows how the British saw a chance to create a new Anglo-Saxon power, and their disappointments; highlights awareness that America as a great power was different, with a commercial, mass cultural and human dynamism — of personalities — which seemed likely to sweep the world, and could not leave Europe untouched; this chapter also presents the repertoire of reactions by politicians, philosophers, crowned heads, news media, Churches to the new presence in all its forms. In its second half, the chapter describes impact of America on the Great War: men, ideas, commerce, cinema, Wilson, suggesting the legacy which survived after Wilson's debacle in Paris.

Keywords: 1898; Spanish–American War; Buffalo Bill; the future in America; Great War; Wilsonism; YMCA

Chapter.  23558 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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