This is part one of a two-part series focusing on the role and experience of the United States of America in the Great War of 1914-1918. In these episodes, Aidan is joined by Dr. Paul Dean, a former instructor at, and alumni of, Washington State University, who is an expert on World War One and author of ‘Courage: Roy Blanchard’s Journey in America’s Forgotten War’. In this episode, Aidan and Paul discuss the underlying tensions that led to war, the ambitions of the Central Powers and The Entente, and the tragically misplaced belief that it would be over quickly, before it became a desperate stalemate. This episode moves through the chronology of the war up until April 1917, all the while considering the US perspective; the view of the US public, and President Woodrow Wilson’s policy towards the conflict. This episode concludes on the eve of the momentous Declaration of War on Germany, which was handed down on April 6, 1917. Following German antagonism at sea and the infamous Zimmermann Telegram, the US moved away from the Monroe Doctrine and into the fight. Part two will be released on April 6, 2017, one hundred years to the day that the United States officially entered into the global catastrophe that was, at the time, thought to be the war to end all wars. For more information on Dr. Paul Dean, please visit his web site at www.paultdean.com.

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