The United States of America as an Emerging World Power 1890-1920 (Studies in American History v. 50)

The United States of America as an Emerging World Power 1890-1920 (Studies in American History v. 50)

By: Frederick William Dame (author)Hardback

Special OrderSpecial Order item not currently available. We'll try and order for you.


This study is one of the very few books that deals with how the United States changed its foreign policy from one-sided neutrality (i.e. its self-recognition as being neutral) to a policy of becoming an active belligerent as an associate power on the side of the allied powers, France and Great Britain. The study shows that the roots of America's becoming an international power lie with the Monroe Doctrine and its numerous corollaries, and that politics of overseas possessions had already begun in 1859 with the claiming of the Midway Islands, in 1869 with the purchase of Alaska, continuing with the Spanish-American War, the Panama Canal, and Gunboat Diplomacy. All these developments, up to and including WWI, are discussed in light of the prevailing economic aspects of colonialism, foreign policy, and the framework of British, French, German, and American propaganda. The discussion of the sinking of the Lusitania includes the latest research. The presentation of the Zimmermann Telegram includes a new examination of the original coded copy of the telegram and a new English translation thereof, contrasted against the official translation as found in the Congressional document.

About Author

Fluent in foreign languages, Frederick William Dame has an international education, holding graduate degrees in government, English, history, international relations, political theory, and adult education from universities in the United States, and doctorate degrees in political science, and philology from the University of the Saar and the University of Koblenz-Landau, respectively. He has taught at the University of New Hampshire, the European Division of the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, and the Fachhochschule in Trier. He is presently with the University of Kaiserslautern, where he teaches English and cultural history. A frequent guest-speaker for German and American organizations and institutions, his recent publications include Jean-Jacques Rousseau in American Literature: Traces, Influence, Transformation 1760-1860 (Frankfurt, 1996); Jean-Jacques Rousseau on Adult Education and Revolution, 2nd edition, (Frankfurt, 1999); Dixi Poems and Aphorisms (London, 1999); A History of Switzerland (in 3 volumes) (Mellen, 2001); and essays and translations on a wide range of topics.


Foreword; Commendatory Preface; 1. Leitmotif: Monroe Doctrine; De Lome Letter; war fever; the Zimmermann Telegram; isolationism; neutrality; 2. Neutrality and the Beginning of War: Wilson's initial position; American public opinion; Belgian neutrality; French violation of Belgian neutrality; 3. Vociferous Overtures: German presentation; invective in the US; initial war reports - entry in Brussels, burning of Louvain; vying for American support; 4. The Part Played by Propaganda: British propaganda; French propaganda; German propaganda; measures against propaganda, US propaganda; George Edward Creel; propaganda and poison gas; 5. Sea Warfare and American Business: British sea blockade; American economy; 6. From German Submarine Warfare to the American Declaration of War: the Lusitania; attempts at mediation; contribution of Afro-Americans; the Zimmermann Telegram; Friedrich List and German attempts at aggrandizement; Wilson; Norris; LaFollette; 7. Assessment: Propaganda and participation; underlying factors; war fever and international power; America's roots as an international power; Closing epigraph; Appendices: Chronology of Events leading to entry of the USA into WWI; Woodrow Wilson's Peace Without Victory and War Message speeches; Senator George Norris' and Senator Robert M. LaFollette's anti-war speeches before Congress; Wilson's Fourteen Points with counter-arguments of Theodore Roosevelt Bibliography; Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773466012
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9780773466012
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 0773466010

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly