Sovereignty At Sea

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While numerous studies have examined Woodrow Wilson's policy of neutrality prior to U.S. entry into World War I, none has focused on the actual merchant ship losses that created the final casus belli. This work focuses on what the president knew and when he knew it concerning the loss of ten ships between February 3 and April 4, 1917. By looking at the specifics, Rodney Carlisle offers new explanations for the reasons that led the president, the cabinet, the public, and Congress...
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Overview

While numerous studies have examined Woodrow Wilson's policy of neutrality prior to U.S. entry into World War I, none has focused on the actual merchant ship losses that created the final casus belli. This work focuses on what the president knew and when he knew it concerning the loss of ten ships between February 3 and April 4, 1917. By looking at the specifics, Rodney Carlisle offers new explanations for the reasons that led the president, the cabinet, the public, and Congress to decide for war.
Sovereignty at Sea not only adds much to our understanding of maritime and diplomatic history during the First World War period but also speaks to contemporary concerns with issues surrounding the U.S. justification for wars.
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Meet the Author

Rodney Carlisle, professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University, is the author or editor of over thirty books, including Sovereignty for Sale and Powder and Propellants.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1

1 The Voyage of the Vigilancia 9

2 From Falaba to Sussex 16

3 The Flag under Fire: From Frye to Pass of Balmaha 31

4 The Flag under Fire: From Leelanaw to Chemung 48

5 Meetings at Pless Castle and on Pennsylvania Avenue 63

6 Housatonic and Lyman M. Law 75

7 A Telegram, Algonquin, and an Abdication 91

8 The Tipping-Point Ships: Vigilancia, City of Memphis, Illinois 106

9 The Agony of Woodrow Wilson 122

10 Aztec, Missourian, Marguerite, and Congress 141

Epilogue 161

Appendix A Loss of the Healdton 167

Appendix B Casualty Lists 173

Appendix C Table of Ship Losses 175

Notes 177

Bibliography 205

Index 213

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