American Entry into the First World War as an Historiographical Problem

  • Michael S. Neiberg


According to United States historian Michael S. Neiberg, the general amnesia with which Americans treat the First World War extends to the scholarly community, resulting in the war’s historiography paling in comparison to that of other events in American history. Focusing on the years of American neutrality from 1914 to 1917, Neiberg’s chapter addresses this gap in both the history of the war and America’s place in the early twentieth century. Neiberg’s synthesis advances theories for the absence of the war in American historiography and memory. He also shows how understanding the reasons Americans supported entry into the war in 1917 helps us to develop a much sharper and complex picture of American history. For Neiberg, the First World War was a seminal American event.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael S. Neiberg
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  1. 1.Department of National Security and StrategyUnited States Army War CollegeCarlisleUSA

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