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By Kevin O'Keefe

This learn is an try and chronicle and examine the attitudes of the recent York press in reference to the occasions of the interval from 1914 to 1917 in relation to American neutrality. it truly is established totally on an afternoon­ to-day examine of 16 day-by-day newspapers in manhattan urban in the time of American non-participation within the First global struggle. The study concerned not just editorial opinion but additionally information goods, characteristic articles, letters to the editor, publication stories and specified observation. The records of the most important long island newspapers of the interval obviously constituted the fundamental resources. as well as this, use used to be made up of the memoirs, diaries and personal papers of editors, publishers and different public figures; the Congressional checklist, 1914-1917; Congressional hearings and reviews, 1915, 1919, 1936 and 1937; sure British and German fabrics; books, articles and different secondary assets. the writer additionally drew upon the reminiscences of recent Yorkers energetic in journalism in the course of the period.

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This failure resulted in less severe judgments of Russian responsibility than might otherwise have been presented. Secondly, few commentaries indicated any understanding of the Schlieffen plan and its execution during August and early September. 126 Most editors were therefore struck by the contradiction of Germany publicly proclaiming a war of self-defense against so-called Pan-Slav ambitions while first attacking Belgium and France in the West. The greater part of the analysis and interpretation, however, was not superficial nor naive but surprisingly well-informed.

September 17, 1914. The New York Times, September 7, 1914. THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS 29 York newspapers that criticized Germany in this regard referred exclusively to the violation of Belgian independence and neutrality. Thus, Chancellor von Bethmann-Hollweg's ill-chosen comment to Sir Edward Goschen referring to the international treaty guaranteeing Belgian neutrality as a "mere scrap of paper" was widely seized upon and came up for general press censure. Even the ] ournal joined the chorus of criticism against the betrayal of a solemn diplomatic agreement.

16 17 44 THE PRESS AND THE PERILS OF NEUTRALITY greatest of neutrals, the United States. This question of neutral rights and the general subject of international law became problems of the first importance during the period of American non-participation in the First World War. The New York press, during the first fall and early winter of the war, articulated its thinking on these large issues. International law in reference to maritime commerce had been the subject of the London Conference of 1909.

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