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The Quasi-War Between France and the United States

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” Polonius admonishes his son Laertes in Shakespeare’s Hamlet – a warning that is consistently ignored by governments. Yet debts and loans can play havoc with bi-lateral relations – and they did just that in two epic disputes separated by 100 years or so between the United States and France. On both occasions France...

American volunteers in World War I

Even though America did not officially enter the war until April 1917, from the very beginning many young men decided to contribute to the Allied war effort against the Central powers. WWI marks a turning point in modern U.S. history, the moment it emerged as a global power which would ultimately change the meaning and the direction of the 20th...