Explain Why the Us Entered Wwi Associated with the Allied Powers?

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In the early days of WW1, President Wilson asked the US public to remain impartial in stance and action to the two sides of the war. It was his intention to exemplify the ideal democratic peaceful nation and maintain the USAs policy of isolationism throughout this European war. However, this aim was not met, due to the a number of reasons, these being, the allies debt, the safety of US shipping, the Zimmermann telegraph, general dislike of Germany and Wilson’s desire to be involved in the creation of peace in the conclusion of the war. These contributing factors lead to the USA entering WWI associated with the allied powers in April 1917. Throughout the early to mid 1900s it was widely accepted that Wilson was pushed to enter the war purely based on his business interests, being the trade and debt aspects the his relationship with the allies lead to as suggested by C. Beard. However later view of historians, such as Brogan, C. Ray, H. Evans and N. Ferguson, suggest that he made the decision to enter to war due to moral aspects, such as moral obligation to retaliate to illegal submarine warfare by the Germans as well as an attempt to make the world a better place. Therefore, a combination of these aspects will be analysed in this essay, with a focus on those reasons that lead to his association with the allied powers, rather than the central powers. Prior to, and throughout WWI the USA maintained a much closer economic relationship with the allies than with the central powers. In 1914 loans to Germany stood at $344 million, and loans to Britain were $549 million, and in 1918 total loans to the allies totalled around $10.5 billion. If the allies lost the war, the USA was highly likely to lose the majority of the money and the country would not be able to pay back the loans due to having lost the war and the economy and government being in an unstable
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