Andrew Bacevich argues that World War I changed the ways that western powers justified imperialist foreign policy. Prior to the war, imperial powers offered a frankly white supremacist rationale for their actions, but that rationale rang hollow when Europe lay in ruins. Later empires would need other justifications, including the ideological ones offered by systems as divergent as Marxism-Leninism and liberal market democracy. Yet these ideological empires have proven unstable, and our uncertain future may only be settled by whatever it is that replaces them.
Justin Quinn Olmstead looks at a time when U.S. engagement with the world wasn't a given, and when the world needed the United States a lot more than we needed it.
John E. Moser discusses how World War I changed American politics and government forever.