• From an Economics unit I am studying: During the Post WWI period, the world economy was sufferring heavily, due to Brittain being the economic center of the world at the time and sufferring such heavy losses, the outflow of foreign capitol from Brittain and other European Incvestors was greatly reduced. COnsequently, The USA kept to itself, and had a massive domestic supply and demand, and subsequently a hugely successfull economy. Unfortunately, In the early 1930s there was a huge depression in the USA (and then the world, as the world had grown dependant on the USA's growth and demand of foriegn goods) and Its recovery meant once again turning its concentration and effort into restoring itself. These two things meant the USA was determined not to make Brittains mistake of WWI, and it knew it could recover and prosper by itself. The war was Accross the Pacific/Atlantic - Why divert resources from its own prosperity, and put them into a war that was not of its concern? Im an Australian by the way, and Im not really a pro at American History, But that is my answer : )
  • The U.S. maintained neutrality before WW12, because the general public was sick of war from WW1, and thought that European affairs were for the Europeans, not for the Americans. Also, the debt issue from WW1 was still unsettled, as the U.K. and Germany still have not paid their debt, which is in the billions of dollars, that's also one of the reasons. This answer sounds very unclear right now, because I'm really tired, but if you would like more, send me a message, and I can send you my essay on the topic.
  • What makes you think they were neutral?
  • America was making hey while the sun was shinning (manufacturing and selling weapons) and striked when everyone else was almost exhausted.
  • Its easier to win a war if you leave it to the last minute, when the main combatants are exhausted. A pity this philosophy wasn't followed in Iraq and Vietnam.
  • The U.S. public was staunchly "Isolationist" after WW1; Roosevelt (mostly behind the scenes) invaluably assisted Great Britain with warships, munitions, and supplies before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent German declaration of War on the United States. In a way, thank God the Japanese did attack Pearl Harbor; that was the impetus the States' needed in order to join in the mess. Britain and France tried desparately to get the United States to join the war, but as previously stated, the American Congress would not do so; "let 'them' sort out 'their' problems 'again'".

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