American Imperialism During Ww1

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Militarism: The warring nations were very desperate and could not allow themselves to be outdone in any military way. Russia, France and Germany began recruiting the male population. The male population were forcibly dragged into war, thus giving the military experience and taste of war to the countrymen. The arms buildup and recruitment ensured that every European state had large army at its own disposal. Even though the armies were creating a negative impact on their economies, they could not get rid of them since, they were needed to destroy their enemies and hence provide them with the required security for disarmament. Germany began putting up very huge and modernized navy that threatened British machinery (Hossein, 2006).
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The only involvement was by providing material assistance to his allies (Coffman, 2014). The neutrality continued even after the German submarine sank a British ship in the ocean of Lusitania. The sinking of the ship led to the death of 128 US citizens out of the 1200 passengers. Even though there was a great uproar from the United States, they still remained neutral. In the year 1916, Wilson Woodrow was reelected on the platform pro-neutrality rhetoric and antiwar. By the time he was reelected into the oval office, the war had left economies and cities in ruins, many dead and no pivotal victory on any warring side. It was quite clear that the war would only cause destruction on itself. Maintaining the neutrality was also very hard due to the ethnicity factor. Over 30 million Americans were either born in Europe or basically had parents residing in Europe. This possibly led to shift in loyalty on either side. The ethnicity factor was also replicated in the American soldiers who were also majorly drawn from the European nations. It is until November 1916 when the president of the US began several initiatives aimed at finding a resolution(Coffman, 2014). He decided to send out diplomatic notes to all warring nations. Germany was the first nation to make a positive response. Germany even championed for a quick peace negotiation deal. …show more content…
The high command of German knew that by 1919, the American army would be great and would take over the frontline and thus, release large numbers of French and British troops. The three armies would then attack Germany and defeat it completely. Consequently, the Germans in 1918 attacked the British with the idea of splitting the allies so that the British can be isolated and retreat to the sea so that France could surrender. In 1918 their strategy worked out by defeating the British; however the French and British frontline pushed back but remained intact. Britain re-enforcement began, with the US troops pouring in, by then; the German’s had used a lot of resources in their victory against the British. After a few months, the French, British and America applied their new weapons and tactics and pushed back the Germans forcing the command generals to seek terms (Coffman,

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