The Great War. World War I. Organizing Principle.
The continents of Europe and North America had developed in parallel fashion since the mid-1800s. After the turn of the century, the same political and economic transformations that had taken place in the United States, pitted many European nations against each other. The tensions in Europe mounted and resulted in the outbreak of War in 1914. The United States put their head in the sand as isolationist sentiments ruled the day. However, as The Great War drifted into its third year, President Wilson had his arm twisted by the behemoth of conflict. Wilson’s position on neutrality quickly changed after diplomatic relations with Germany collapsed. Wilson justified his actions by proclaiming that the United States was fighting for a greater cause…a war to end all wars.