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United States

When the European July crisis developed into a world war in 1914, the United States initially tried to avoid entering the war. The government under President Wilson urged the Americans to remain neutral – both in thoughts and in actions – the more so as the United States controlled important strategic locations in the Western Hemisphere, particularly the Panama Canal. At the same time, the government insisted on preserving the freedom of the seas, the freedom of its own overseas trad…

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Schaffer, Ronald, “United States”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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