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Sovereignty at Sea: U.S. Merchant Ships and American Entry into World War I

Rodney Carlisle


This book demonstrates that, although President Woodrow Wilson worked to maintain United States neutrality during World War I, his administration's policies resulted in a decision by Germany to unleash unrestricted submarine warfare against all shipping bound for Britain, France, or Italy in the Atlantic. After nine US ships were sunk by German submarines, and one was lost to a British mine, the US government saw the sinking of US ships flying the American flag as an attack on American sovereignty at sea. The final decision to enter the war was shaped by the details of those ship losses more t ... More

Keywords: Woodrow Wilson, neutrality, casus belli, World War I, merchant ships, congress, declaration of war, unrestricted submarine warfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037622
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037622.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rodney Carlisle, author
Rutgers University