This is the first entry in a debate between Michael Kazin and John M. Cooper is the author of Woodrow Wilson: A Biography. Every war is a tragedy, a failure to resolve sharp differences of ideology and interest or to stop evil men before they can impose their will on others. The First World War was one of the most tragic wars in history: Although none of its major protagonists expected or wanted it to occur, it initiated thirty years of bloodletting on an unprecedented scale and planted the seeds for civil conflicts that continue to rage today. Witness the fate of the Sykes-Picot Treaty, the secret pact drawn up in by diplomats from Britain and France that mashed together Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds in a new nation called Iraq.
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Should the U.S. Have Entered World War I? - HISTORY
Woodrow Wilson asking Congress to declare war on Germany. The rapid turn of events was brought on by a series of German actions that some historians believe left Wilson with little choice but to finally enter the war in Europe. Scores of American civilians had already been killed by German U-boats since the beginning of the war, including in the sinking of RMS Lusitania. The following year German saboteurs detonated the Black Tom munitions depot in Jersey City, New Jersey, killing seven people and strafing the Statue of Liberty with shrapnel. For two years, Wilson repeatedly warned the Germans against a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare, which he considered a violation of international law and a pretext to a break in diplomatic relations. Even after announcing the diplomatic break on February 3, , Wilson still signaled that the United States would stay out of the war as long as the Germans did not target American vessels.
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Deism, Universalism, Unitarianism, and other rational religions seemed more powerful than they actually were because for a time traditional evangelicals were confused and disorganized. Subsection Summary: Religious skepticism staged a dramatic comeback in the form of a wave of revivalism. The Second Great Awakening 1.