THIS book represents an attempt to comprehend and re-create the political and diplomatic history of the United States from the beginning of the disruption of the Republican party in 1910 to the entrance of the United States into the First World War in 1917. Every scholar thinks the period he is studying is the most important interval in history, and I perhaps have an exaggerated notion of the significance of the events I relate. Even so, none can doubt that these were momentous and terrible years, not only for the American people, but for all mankind. In this country the great progressive movement found its first culmination in the formation of the Progressive party, the election of Woodrow Wilson to the presidency, and, above all, the enactment by Congress from 1913 to 1917 of a comprehensive reform program. How this came about and how progressives found an answer to the great dilemma that had divided their ranks and confounded some of their leaders- this constitute my first theme. At the same time European attempted to slove dilemmas created by rival im- perialisms and nationalisms by appealing to the God of battles. How the American people and government were eventually drawn into the vortex of this awful struggle is my second theme
About the author
Arthur S. Link (August 8, 1920 - March 26, 1998) was a leading American historian and a scholarly authority on Woodrow Wilson.