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By Stephen J. Whitfield

A spouse to 20th-Century the USA is an authoritative survey of crucial issues and issues of twentieth-century American background and historiography. comprises 29 unique essays by means of best students, every one assessing the prior and present nation of yank scholarship comprises thematic essays overlaying themes reminiscent of faith, ethnicity, conservatism, international coverage, and the media, in addition to essays protecting significant time classes Identifies and discusses the main influential literature within the box, and indicates new avenues of analysis, because the century has interested in a detailed

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1987) Empire Without Tears: America’s Foreign Relations, 1921–1933. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Coogan, John W. (1981) The End of Neutrality: The United States, Britain, and Maritime Rights, 1899–1915. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ) American Foreign Relations Reconsidered, 1890–1993. London: Routledge. Cooper, John Milton, Jr. (1980) ‘‘World War I: European origins and American intervention,’’ Virginia Quarterly Review 56, pp. 1–18. —— (2001) Breaking the Heart of the World: Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the League of Nations.

It offered a military alliance between Germany and Mexico (plus Japan). The scenario was not far-fetched, given that Wilson had recently ordered two separate US invasions of Mexico and that relations between the two countries were severely strained (Tuchman 1958). The Germans hoped that the prospect of war with Mexico and Japan would deter the United States from entering the war, but their plan backfired. The Zimmermann Telegram only raised American indignation and convinced Wilson that the Germans would never accept peace until they had been beaten in war.

Senate objections could have been worked out later if the United States had joined the League at the outset, but Wilson himself obviated this possibility by spurning any amendments to his treaty. Hence the question for historians is why he refused to compromise. The likely answer is that after months of hard bargaining with Allied leaders in Paris, Wilson was in no mood for dickering with opponents in Washington (Ferrell 1985; Clements 1987; Heckscher 1991). As the Senate debated, Wilson embarked on a national speaking tour aimed at persuading the American people to support his treaty.

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