The Yanks Are Coming!
In 1917, the US government decides, against the will of the great majority of
the population, to take the country into the war on the side of the Entente and
against Germany. It does not do so on account of attacks by German submarines
against ships such as the Lusitania, which was sunk in 1915, and even less in
order to defend the cause of democracy against dictatorship and injustice. It is
done because the American elite, like the elite of the European countries in 1914,
expects to reap all sorts of advantages from participation in the war: for example,
much higher profits and more docile workers, in addition to access to the raw
materials and markets of foreign countries . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.