- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0190464968
- ISBN-13: 978-0190464967
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Considering the importance of America's response to the challenges presented by the First World War, there is-not surprisingly-an extensive body of literature on the American experience in the years leading up to the declaration of war in April 1917. Rarely, if ever, has this story been told as well as in Michael S. Neiberg's The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America [A] study that is eminently readable, impressively researched, and remarkably thorough in its treatment of the various issues and challenges Americans wrestled with as they found it increasingly difficult, and then finally impossible, to believe the nation's interests would be best served by remaining out of the war."--Ethan S. Rafuse, Army History
"Michael Neiberg's The Path to War traces the U.S.'s journey from detached observer to fully-committed participant in the First World War. Neiberg does this with great skill and clarity. The Path to War will become essential reading for those interested in the First World War and how it shaped the USA. It makes an invaluable contribution to a pivotal event in U.S. history."--Glyn Harper, Professor of War Studies, Massey University, New Zealand
"Michael Neiberg has established a deserved reputation as one of the premier US-based historians of World War I, and his latest book does not disappoint. Following on from The Dance of the Furies, his magisterial book on European peoples in 1914, The Path to War gives a challenging and intellectually exciting account of how and why America and its people went to war three years later."--Gary Sheffield PhD, University of Wolverhampton, UK
About the Author
Michael S. Neiberg is the inaugural Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College. His published work specializes on the First and Second World Wars, notably the American and French experiences. He is the author of many books, including Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I and Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe. He is currently based in Pennsylvania.
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But when America entered the war the public went all-in and he notes how quickly George M. Cohan’s “Over There” became such a national hit. However to get the public it would take the German resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare, the Zimmermann Telegram and the abdication of the Russian Czar in the early months of 1917 to enter a war that was in the broad strategic interests of the United States.
Neiberg discusses how elite America with their Anglophile sympathies were especially important in bringing America into the war. Unlike today it was the Ivy League college students who were the most hawkish and many volunteered to fight for England and France before America’s formal entry into the war. Many of them would become disillusioned in the 1920s.
Where Neiberg is especially good is his deep sourcing on the changing attitudes of the hyphenated Americans. He discusses how German-Americans, Italian- Americans, Irish Americans, Jewish-Americans and African-Americans moved from initial ambivalence to full-throated support for the war. In essence those groups identified more as Americans than their ancestry. As a result the stature of the four White groups was much improved after the war ended. However African-Americans faced the revival of the Klan in the 1920’s.
Unfortunately Neiberg leaves out the role of the large banks, the munitions suppliers and British propaganda in pushing America towards war. Further his title over promises. He doesn’t say much about how the war created modern America. For insight into that I would recommend Adam Tooze’s “The Deluge…..” Thus for me it is hard to get too excited about the book.
Peter L. Belmonte
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Professor Neiberg has written the bookends of history by chronicling the outbreak of World War I in "The Path To War" and the conclusion of World War II in "Potsdam." Very well done.
This playhouse had several reruns already, when a powerful, bribed media was able to convince the American people, to beg a president
to enter/get out of a war.
Currently the media is determined to impeach Kaiser Trump.
A 100 years ago the media was able to convinced the American people to impeach the German Kaiser, with horrible results, that have finished off
my entire family on my father side.
Your book is stunning and revealing.
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