The Treaty Of The United States Essay

1835 Words Dec 10th, 2016 8 Pages
The United States entered the twentieth century as a burgeoning economic superpower that had yet to assert itself politically on the international stage. Reluctant to enter World War I (WWI), the United States had, by the war’s end, assumed a lead role negotiating the Treaty of Versailles. President Woodrow Wilson hoped to use the negotiations to promote American ideals of democracy and free trade while securing a lasting peace. However, instead of fostering global economic and political stability, the Versailles accord produced a punitive settlement that slowed post-war recovery. Following the treaty, Wilson’s dream of the U.S. as an international political leader lacked popular support, and domestic issues remained the primary interest of policymakers. At the same time, due to the devastation WWI had wrought on Great Britain’s economy, the United States emerged as the world’s leading economic power. However, the U.S. failed to enact the stabilizing economic policies Great Britain had embraced—policies that steadied world markets. Although there were dissenting voices that urged greater political and economic engagement, political and public opinion within the United States objected to a broader international role for the country. Failure by the United States to assume a leadership role in the international economic arena, combined with inadequate efforts to mitigate punitive reparations imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, led to the Great Depression of the 1930s.…

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