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Nothing Less Than WarA New History of Americas Entry into World War I$
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Justus D. Doenecke

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813130026

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813130026.001.0001

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

(p.1) 1 Setting the Stage
Nothing Less Than War

Justus D. Doenecke

University Press of Kentucky

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

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