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American Big Business in Britain and GermanyA Comparative History of Two "Special Relationships" in the 20th Century$
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Volker R. Berghahn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161099

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161099.001.0001

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From the Outbreak of War in July 1914 to the Genoa Conference, 1922

From the Outbreak of War in July 1914 to the Genoa Conference, 1922

(p.105) III From the Outbreak of War in July 1914 to the Genoa Conference, 1922
American Big Business in Britain and Germany

Volker R. Berghahn

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the state of American and European economies during the outbreak of World War I until the Genoa Conference was convened in 1922. It first considers the military–political origins of the war before analyzing the role the international business community played at the time of the war's outbreak. Hereafter the chapter focuses on the American perspectives, as it studies the ambiguities of American neutrality, the state of the American economy and its eventual entry into the war, and the beginnings of a strain on the Anglo-American relationship at the Paris Peace Conference. The chapter then returns the focus to the international stage as postwar reconstruction begins, highlighting the attempts at European recovery and the role of American businesses in these endeavors.

Keywords:   World War I, Genoa Conference, military–political origins, international business community, American neutrality, American economy, European economy, postwar reconstruction, European reconstruction

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