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Over Here: The First World War and American Society / Edition 2

Over Here: The First World War and American Society / Edition 2

by David M. Kennedy
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195173994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/07/2004
Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 425,083
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Spring, 1917 3(42)
1. The War for the American Mind
2. The Political Economy of War: The Home Front
3. "You're in the Army Now"
4. Over There--and Back
5. Armistice and Aftermath
6. The Political Economy of War: The International Dimension
Epilogue: Promises of Glory 348(23)
Bibliography 371(18)
Index 389

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jmgallen More than 1 year ago
Although the fighting was on the Western Front, World War I was lived Over Here. The American Experience in the Great War is the subject of David Kenney’s “Over Here". America entered the War in April 1917 when Russia was in revolution, German solidarity was cracking, French armies were in mutiny, and Britain was in danger of starvation from unrestricted U-boat warfare. In the United States the Progressive movement had been the vibrant political movement for over fifteen years and its proponents and opponents would exhaust themselves in war related struggles. The paths of collectivism and individualism would continue to diverge in decisions about the war. The individualists proposed volunteer units, while the draft, in which the government would select who would fight over there and who would stay over here and work, prevailed. Business was offered incentives to produce war materials rather than commanded to do so as in some other countries. Railroads were nationalized and Food Commissioner, Herbert Hoover, coaxed Americans to produce and conserve the food needed to feed the Allies. Dissenting voices were quieted by the Espionage and Sedition Acts in one of the greatest clashes between civil liberties and national mobilization. For Americans the most lasting influences of the World War I did not occur on European battlefields but in domestic society and governmental halls. Author David M. Kennedy has skillfully crafted a tome that places World War I on a continuum of American history extending before and after the days of the guns. I recommend it to anyone interested in the impact of World War I on America.
Angelic55blonde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm currently reading this so I'm not completely done with it. However, I absolutely love this book thus far. David M. Kennedy is an amazing writer (as seen in his book Freedom From Fear). This book is much smaller than the Freedom From Fear book but no less important. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the topic.
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