After Russia decided to side with the Serbs, Germany compelled by a treaty, was forced to support Austria-Hungary and attacked France and Russia. In response to this attack, Great Britain, endorsing its covenant with France, declared war on Germany. The conflicts between the countries became a world war when Japan entered. Japan entered the war, siding with Germany, in attempt to relieve themselves from European opposition in China. In the beginning, Woodrow Wilson, the United States president at the time, stated that the war was solely a European conflict. Woodrow said, because it spiked no vital American interest and held no significant principle, the United States would remain neutral and continue normal relations with the warring nations. However, even though Woodrow claimed neutrality, him and many Americans, favored Great Britain and France. One of the main reasons for this was ...
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...could no longer allow neutral ships to reach Britain. Germany then announced that its navy would resume submarine warfare, and sink any ships without warning. This was a gamble for Germany as they predicted that the decision would bring the United States into the war. This was a problem for America’s economy as the majority of exports were being sent to Britain. Still Wilson still pushed to keep peace, and only broke of diplomatic relations with Germany.
This all changed on February 25, 1917, when British authorities informed Wilson of a telegram that they had intercepted between the German foreign secretary and German minister in Mexico. The telegram was sent by a man named Arthur Zimmermann, it stated that if the United States was to enter the war against Germany, that Germany would ensure that Mexico regained its lost territories; Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
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