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Setting the Stage

Justus D. Doenecke

in Nothing Less Than War

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813130026
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135755 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813130026.003.0001
Setting the Stage

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US President Woodrow Wilson struggled mightily with the decision to bring America into World War I rather than maintain its neutrality. Until the war erupted between the Allies and the Central Powers in 1914, Wilson concentrated on his domestic programs, which consisted of tariff reduction, business regulation, and banking reorganization. He also focused more on the country's moral responsibility abroad and was largely indifferent to the use of military force in international affairs. Although he valued the opinion of his cabinet, Wilson was the country's foremost policymaker and often made major decisions alone. This book examines the president's leadership, how he interacted with all the players, and how historians have judged his actions during this trying time.

Keywords: World War I; Woodrow Wilson; foreign policy; Allies; Central Powers; neutrality

Chapter.  7191 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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