Over Here: The First World War and American Society

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Oxford University Press, Sep 16, 2004 - History - 428 pages
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The Great War of 1914-1918 confronted the United States with one of the most wrenching crises in the nation's history. It also left a residue of disruption and disillusion that spawned an even more ruinous conflict scarcely a generation later.
Over Here is the single-most comprehensive discussion of the impact of World War I on American society. This 25th anniversary edition includes a new afterword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author David M. Kennedy, that explains his reasons for writing the original edition as well as his opinions on the legacy of Wilsonian idealism, most recently reflected in President George W. Bush's national security strategy. More than a chronicle of the war years, Over Here uses the record of America's experience in the Great War as a prism through which to view early twentieth century American society. The ways in which America mobilized for the war, chose to fight it, and then went about the business of enshrining it in memory all indicate important aspects of enduring American character. An American history classic, Over Here reflects on a society's struggle with the pains of war, and offers trenchant insights into the birth of modern America.
  

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Review: Over Here: The First World War and American Society

User Review  - Martin - Goodreads

David M. Kennedy is one of the best historians in the US This study of American society during the First World War confirms my view; it's another marvelous synthesis of military, political, economic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adriana - Goodreads

I only read half of this book for a history class. Read full review

Contents

The War for the American Mind
45
The Political Economy of War The Home Front
93
Youre in the Army Now
144
Over There and Back
191
Armistice and Aftermath
231
The Political Economy of War The International Dimension
296
Promises of Glory
348
Afterword
371
Bibliography
391
Index
411
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Page 24 - There are citizens of the United States, I blush to admit, born under other flags, but welcomed under our generous naturalization laws to the full freedom and opportunity of America, who have poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life...
Page 14 - It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance. But the right is more precious than peace...

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David Kennedy is Donald J. MacLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Freedom From Fear, a volume in the Oxford History of the United States series.

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