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Consumed by WarEuropean Conflict in the 20th Century$
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Richard C. Hall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125589

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125589.001.0001

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American Intervention, 1917–1918

American Intervention, 1917–1918

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(p.53) Chapter 4 American Intervention, 1917–1918
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Consumed by War
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Richard C. Hall

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125589.003.0004

The origins of American intervention in World War I lay in the naval struggle that had been an important factor in precipitating the war and began in earnest at the outbreak of war. The British-imposed blockade on Germany to strangle its industrial economy and German attempts to break the blockade were important issues that led to U.S. entry into the war. In particular, American outrage over the German naval strategy provided a basis for action against the Germans. At the beginning of the twentieth century, all the Great Powers had indulged in a frenzy of warship construction. Rivalry between the traditional European naval power Great Britain and the upstart Germany had been a major reason for the British to seek the shelter of the Triple Entente alliance. However, at the start of hostilities in 1914, the fighting was largely confined to land. Nevertheless, some naval engagements occurred in all the bodies of water surrounding Europe.

Keywords:   United States, World War I, navy, blockade, Germany, Great Powers, warship, Britain

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