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Paul Lockhart (Committee Chair), Drew Swanson (Committee Member), Jonathan Winkler (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


In the years approaching World War I's centennial, many scholars have published books reexamining different aspects of the conflict, as well as attempting to update prominent scholarship from years past. These include books focusing on individual battles, such as Verdun, to the importance of the Zimmerman telegram in spurring American desire to join the war effort. One topic of interest that appeals to a more general audience would be that of spy and sabotage activity during the conflict. The topic of spy and sabotage activity might interest a curious reader, but the matter concerning its importance during the war is still largely up in the air. This study discusses the influence of German spy and sabotage operations on the Wilson administration, and how these activities helped lead to the abandonment of Wilsonian neutrality. Although spy and sabotage operations have not been emphasized by many historians as influential, these operations can doubtlessly be connected to President Wilson's decision to expel German officials and to favor war.

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Department of History

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