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United States of America

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Author(s): Davis, Derek H. | Poirier, Lisa J.M. | Hart, Darryl G. | Wilhelm, Cornelia
[German Version] I. Geopolitical Problematics, Concept and Idea From its beginnings in the late 18th century, the United States has possessed a deeply rooted Christian heritage that has profoundly influenced its political development (see also America, North America). America’s sense of being a “chosen nation” with a “manifest destiny” has helped it to promote the idea of freedom at home and abroad and to become a world power. Religious rhetoric has often been used as an effective tool for justifying go…

Wilson, Thomas Woodrow

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Author(s): Davis, Derek H.
[German Version] (Dec 28, 1856, Staunton, VA – Feb 3, 1924, Washington, DC), 28th president of the United States (1913–1921). Son of a Presbyterian minister, throughout his life he remained true to his strong religious and moral convictions. The outbreak of World War I forced Wilson to abandon his initial neutrality. On Apr 2, 1917, during his second term, he moved for a declaration of war, through which he sought to restore a threatened civilization and at the same time to promote his patriotic C…

Washington, George

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Author(s): Davis, Derek H.
[German Version] (Feb 22, 1732, Wakefield, VA – Dec 14, 1799, Mount Vernon, VA) was the first president of the United States of America and recognized as the “Father of his country.” He served as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and was instrumental in gaining independence for the 13 American colonies. Washington made invaluable contributions to the creation of the American Constitution and the establishment of the United States federal government. Wash…