Imperialism And America


World War 1 was a great war in Europe that began in 1918.The worlds most major powers were the ones involved in the war. These forces were divided into the allies and the central powers. The assassination of Archduke Franz of Austria by Yugoslav nationalist with the help of a secretive group known as Black Hand, triggered the war (Keene, 2006). Austria declared war to the kingdom of Serbia, this entangled alliances formed over the previous years.

Events that drew united states into world war

The United States joined the world war 1 on 6th April 1917, two years after the start of the war. The Americans did not want to participate in the war and had intended to be the brokers of peace. However, when the Germans decided to start a submarine warfare, sinking a British Liner with U.S citizens on board, U.S declared war on the Germans as they saw this as a violation of human rights. The Americans also got hold of a telegram issued from the German Foreign Office, Minister Arthur Zimmerman to Mexico. The Germans had offered in the telegram, to provide Mexican government recovers territory it had ceded to the United States during the Mexican American war. Based on these two major incidences, president Woodrow declared war against Germans.

Americans adopted a neutral stand hoping not to be drawn in a battle that was taking place in the Europe because there were a lot of immigrants group living in America. There were people from different cultures who had immigrated to America during the earlier years, either looking for land, better opportunities and political liberation. These immigrants were from the allies side and the central powers. Due to this diversity in ethnic groups America found it wise to be neutral and not support any side of the World War 1

The United States played a significant role in the world war one. They provided unlimited supply of industrial power and fresh troops to the allies. This boosted the morale of the allies side and devastated morale of the German’s frontline soldiers. The German soldiers saw defeat, since the United States was a strong nation with enough resources and power to enable the allies win the war.






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