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The United States and Western Europe Since 1945From "Empire" by Invitation to Transatlantic Drift$
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Geir Lundestad

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266689.001.0001

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The Historical Setting: The United States and Western Europe before 1945

The Historical Setting: The United States and Western Europe before 1945

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(p.22) 1 The Historical Setting: The United States and Western Europe before 1945
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The United States and Western Europe Since 1945
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Geir Lundestad

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199266689.003.0002

Provides the historical setting for the relationship between the US and Western Europe before 1945. The account starts with the British–American war of 1812, and goes on to America's military–political isolation up to its 1917 declaration of war on Germany. It then looks at the inter‐war years, when American isolationism hardened, and continues until the entry of the US into the Second World War after Pearl Harbour and Hitler's ensuing declaration of war on America. Both American isolationism and the cultural Americanization of Europe are discussed in some detail.

Keywords:   American isolationism, Americanization of Europe, American–Western European relations, British–American war of 1812, cultural Americanization of Europe, First World War, history, Second World War, United States, Western Europe

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