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The Earliest Debates

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/9780813130026.003.0002
The Earliest Debates

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When news of the Serbian crisis in August 1914 reached America, many citizens expressed relief that the US was geographically isolated from Europe. Although many chose to remain neutral, some people soon began to pick sides. Germany's invasion of Belgium proved to be a turning point for many Americans. To them, a powerful nation had decimated a small neighbor, a peaceful country had found its neutrality violated, and a lawless power had broken an international treaty and in the process dishonored itself. Soon after, some of the country's most prominent leaders would argue over whether the government should increase the navy's preparedness, allow the extension of loans to belligerent governments, and impose an arms embargo.

Keywords: Woodrow Wilson; World War I; neutrality; Germany; Serbia; Belgium; military preparedness; arms embargo; belligerent governments

Chapter.  16132 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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