In times of great hostility throughout Europe, America sought to remain neutral allowing Europe to handle its own affairs.In these times of uncertainty came the preparation of a country.With this call for neutrality caused a situation to erupt where the war ended up being fought on two different styles of battlefields.The conventional one through out war engulfed Europe, and a second battlefield of the government against the people it was established to represent.During this period of time, the Great War would forever shape American Foreign Policy, and how it was to affect the world around us.
The beginning of the Great War was a period that showed a prosperous time for American industries and banking.The war engulfing Europe left America the opportunity to export the supplies needed for them to fight.Neutrality became a way to make more money from both sides as well as keeping Americans from fighting someone else's war.The time of true neutrality was short though, as our trade soon began to shift one sided as America leaned more and more toward helping the Allies with little to no supplies being sold to The Central Powers.This one-sided trade was the start of America going to war.
The next step that brought the US closer to war was the idea of Preparedness, or the building up of the military just prior to going to war.With few Americans really wanting to go to war, it became more then just building a military to go to war.In turn, it changed more to preparing a nation to go to war. This involved more then just recruitment and arms build-up.It was about enacting special boards and acts by the government to take total control of the country and to mold it in to this war machine. Examples of this are the War Industries Board that controlled all the major industries of America, Food Administration that took control of food production and distribution, and the Selective Service act that served to be the f…

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It has finally ended.The Great War has ended.Today is a wonderful and joyful day for the world.The Allies have won the war, but both sides have lost severely.They have lost husbands, brothers, sons and friends.Yesterday, November 11, 1918 Germany accepted the armistice terms demanded by the Allies.Compared with other families my family is one of the lucky ones.My son and grandson, both, returned back from war.Although my son has one leg now, he is one of the luckiest one who survived the operation.It is estimated that about 9 to 10 million lives were lost in the Great War, and about 20 million wounded.For now my country, France, will have to rebuild from almost scratch, since we have wastedenormous amounts of money on the war.This war was definitely not worthed because it already caused economic consequences, and in the future it will probably have more consequences.The economic consequences were countries losing millions of dollars, and a lot of countries being in debt for a long time.
For now, my family and I will have to put this war behind us and start rebuilding our lives.One major affect that the war had on society was the idea of women working.In my belief women will still continue to work because of the shortage of men.
The main reason we won the war is because of the United States.They came in fresh ready to fight and that forced the Central Powers to give up.Also, Woodrow Wilson's the Fourteen Points helped in ending the Great War.If the United States did not come into the war we probably still would be fighting until no men was standing.
For now, the main goal for France and others countries is to get over the past and move forward and rebuild their lives.For all the men that died in this war, let them rest in peace.

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When World War I came to a close in mid-November of 1918, many ideas were circulating in Europe as to what the peace settlement should entail. In Britain, leaders were thinking about how to increase British colonial power. In France, many wanted to permanently punish the Germans, partly in revenge for Germany’s aggression in World War I, but also, perhaps subliminally, for the Franco-Prussian war in 1871. In Germany, citizens were worried about how radical changes after the war could affect their daily lives. Finally, in the United States, President Wilson was already concocting a system of permanently preserving European peace. All these biases, worries, plans, and ideas came together in Paris in 1919, with the Treaty of Versailles, establishing the post-war peace in Europe. Yet just twenty years later, war would once again break out in Europe. So why were the peace settlements of World War I unable to prevent the outbreak of war twenty years later in World War II?
The Treaty of Versailles had two main issues on which it focused: Germany’s post war territory and also the amount of reparations Germany must pay. In the East, Germany was literally split into two parts. The Allies decided that the nation of Poland should be given access to the sea, so they formed the “Polish Corridor.” Poland gained a lot of territory from Germany, including a port on the Baltic, Danzig (Gdansk in Polish.) This isolated the region of Germany known as Eastern Prussia, which includes the city of Königsberg.
In the Western part of Germany, more changes were made. France gained the much sought after region of Alsace-Lorraine. The northern part of Schleswig was given to Denmark, an area that had been contested since the time of Bismarck. Belgium also gained the provinces of Eupen and Malmedy. The Rhineland was to be occupied heavily by allied forces, giving them control of such major cities as Cologne, Bonn and, Frankfurt, and putting troops at the g…

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