2-19-07 Notes - 2/19/07 World Wide Imperialism I. World War...

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2/19/07 World Wide Imperialism I. World War I A. Causes 1. Militarism – build up of armies and navies to protect borders and colonial possessions 2. Nationalism – strong feelings of pride in one's country, linked to language and identity 3. Imperialism – colonies abroad and markets B. U.S. Response 1. Wilson's Neutrality Policy – Neutral as a country, free to trade in the open sea. 2. Problems with this Policy a) ethnic heritage – Hard to Ignore one's roots b) trade issues c) Germany's take on the trade issue – increase their submarine attacks i) the Lusitania ii) The Sussex and the Sussex Pledge – French vessel, but Americans were on board 3. Wilson's Actions – Practical a) 1916 National Defense Act and Navy Act C. Going to War 1. Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare in 1917 2. Zimmermann Note 3. Wilson ordered merchant vessels to warm themselves 4. Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war 5. Congress Declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917 II. War and the United States
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course HIST 1116 taught by Professor Kmurphy during the Spring '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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2-19-07 Notes - 2/19/07 World Wide Imperialism I. World War...

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