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The Shock of AmericaEurope and the Challenge of the Century$
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David Ellwood

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198228790

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228790.001.0001

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How the American Century Started

How the American Century Started

(p.22) 1 How the American Century Started
The Shock of America

David Ellwood

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the way European élites became aware of the rising power of America following the Spanish–American war of 1898; shows how the British saw a chance to create a new Anglo-Saxon power, and their disappointments; highlights awareness that America as a great power was different, with a commercial, mass cultural and human dynamism — of personalities — which seemed likely to sweep the world, and could not leave Europe untouched; this chapter also presents the repertoire of reactions by politicians, philosophers, crowned heads, news media, Churches to the new presence in all its forms. In its second half, the chapter describes impact of America on the Great War: men, ideas, commerce, cinema, Wilson, suggesting the legacy which survived after Wilson's debacle in Paris.

Keywords:   1898, Spanish–American War, Buffalo Bill, the future in America, Great War, Wilsonism, YMCA

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