Reasons for American Entry Into World War I
The First World War occurred from 1914 to 1918. It was evident that it was encouraged by several different factors, and each country entered the war for its own specific reasons. The reasons for America’s entry into the war are not clearly outlined. However, it was evident that the United States wished to stay out of the war by maintaining neutrality through isolation from the war.
The main reason for the war’s entry was the German introduction of submarine warfare that was unrestricted. This was necessitated by the British policy that blockaded Germany. The ultimate use of U-boats by Germany meant that the United States could not be silent. Further, Germany had been running down internationally. It is also believed that the Russian military and autocratic policy sought to disturb the world balance of power and also threatened to destroy the international equilibrium.
This motivated the U.S. to join the war to secure and maintain stability and peace in the world. The war was also seen as a conflict between democratic nations and autocratic ones. As a democratic nation, the United States sought to maintain itself. Initially, the U.S. wanted to maintain isolation and neutrality from the First World War. However, this decision was incapacitated by the increased intervention and participation in the war by many other nations and due to the concept of interdependence during the war period. Additionally, the menace of the Monroe doctrine sought to disturb the independence of America. Hence, the U.S. had to take part in the war since it was not willing to lose its hard-earned independence.