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America in the Great War: The Rise of the War Welfare State
     

America in the Great War: The Rise of the War Welfare State

by Ronald Schaffer
 

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Ranging from the Oval Office to corporate boardroom, from the farmyard to the battlefield, America in the Great War details a nation reshaped by the demands of total war. Schaffer shows how the Wilson Administration used persuasion, manipulation, direct control, and the cooperation of private industries and organizations to mobilize a freewheeling, individualist

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Ranging from the Oval Office to corporate boardroom, from the farmyard to the battlefield, America in the Great War details a nation reshaped by the demands of total war. Schaffer shows how the Wilson Administration used persuasion, manipulation, direct control, and the cooperation of private industries and organizations to mobilize a freewheeling, individualist country. The result was a war-welfare state, imposing the federal government on almost every aspect of American life. By showing how American life would never be the same again after the Armistice, America in the Great War lays a new foundation for understanding both the First World War and twentieth-century America.

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"Schaffer has provided an effective summary that will inform students, enliven discussion in college courses, and remind readers that World War I yet influences American society and economy."—History

"A bold and provocative effort. Ronald Schaffer argues convincingly that a revolution in America, caused by the Great War, resulted in a war welfare state with pervasive federal government control. Ranging from the farmyard to the battlefield, he focuses on two themes: government's management of war and Americans' use of the conflict to advance their personal agendas....An impressive work."—Military History

"By far the finest account that we have of the mighty effort of the United States at and in Europe during the First World War."—Arthur S. Link

"A thought-provoking book that describes the U.S. government's involvement in fostering support for the First World War in its soldiers and citizens....Extremely well researched...and is virtually chock full of information....For the student, historian, or military buff interested in the First World War, this book is a worthwhile investment. You may find, as I did, that you will want to re-read it several times."—Over There

"A very readable text with a clear—and reasonable—point of view. It should work well with students."—Manfred Jonas, Union College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198021599
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
493 KB

Meet the Author

Ronald Schaffer is Professor of History at California State University, Northridge, and is the author of Wings of Judgment: American Bombing in World War II.

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