Takes a look at how World War I influenced both the individuals who battled and the individuals who remained at home. The book analyzes four significant subjects: America’s association with Europe; the wartime experience and the Progressive time; the ascent of the National Security State and the figure of Woodrow Wilson. Utilizing these subjects Zieger takes a gander at how the nation saw the war before America’s entrance and how the war changed the country and accomplishes his objective of demonstrating how the war changed America by taking a look at how America won the war yet lost the peace that followed.
In the first part of the book, Zieger intently looks at the connection between the United States and Europe. He alludes to America as Europe’s ‘offspring and successor’ which from numerous points of view is suitable. In 1917, as Zieger calls attention to, 33% of American residents were born outside the US and/or had one parent who was remote conceived or were offspring of new migrants.
Ties to Europe were solid with many despite everything holding citizenship to their nation of origin. The United States was additionally bound to Europe verifiably and, obviously, monetarily. Numerous Americans thoroughly considered a confrontation with Germany. In examining the subsequent subject, war and its impact on the nation, Zieger centers around the Progressive development. He depicts the Progressive development as a festival of social experimentation with vote based excitement on one hand and calls for control and request on the other.
Zieger essentially portrays how the Progressives after some time became, in his words, partitioned into two gatherings, the liberal Progressives and the control Progressives. The liberal Progressives invited developing social and segment decent variety. The control Progressives needed to support conventional white, Protestant, Anglo-American culture.
In the end, the control Progressives ruled, seeing the country’s push toward military readiness as an approach to help stop the disintegration of customary qualities, advance citizenship through social teaching and rediscover the ethics of the nationalists and pioneers of years passed by. The third topic Zieger addresses is the ascent of the security state. It was during World War I, the administration set up incredible assets of pressure and restraint. The military draft put 4,000,000 men into uniform. The administration managed discourse, distributions and “get togethers” with individuals. The administration made offices to watch, research and afterward rebuff people who the legislature saw as unpatriotic. Response to the enthusiastic Red Scare and its fallout helped ruin the security state’s restraint and requirement for reconnaissance. Zieger, likewise, calls attention to that during the 1920’s the open’s eagerness for arms restrictions prevailed upon the individuals who supported the development of the military.
The last topic Zeiger addresses is the figure and job of Woodrow Wilson during this time. In spite of the fact that Zieger considered it a fourth topic in the presentation, Wilson’s quality is felt in all the subjects talked about in the book. It is Wilson’s blend of progressivism and universal vision that would outline America’s wartime experience. Zieger concedes the occasions in Europe weren’t remotely foreseen by Americans or Wilson himself in his run for the 1912 administration. Wilson’s essence at the Treaty of Versailles, in addition to his trouble from Congress, are on the whole pieces to the riddle to understand his ruin. Zieger utilizes generally optional hotspots for the book, and the utilization of different sources would help. In any case, it is his distinctive interpretation of material that has been expounded on commonly before that has the effect for the reader.