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Prelude To The Zimmermann Telegram

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When the Ottoman Empire entered the war on the side of the Central Powers it was the obvious cue for the German High Command to seek to stir up jihad, holy war, in the Muslim lands of Western Asia, with Afghanistan and the Indian frontier as the ultimate objectives. The story of the Zimmerman Telegram, first recorded in The Life and Letters of Walter Hines Page, and there called "a document that in its influence on American policy proved to be the most sensational that the European was had so far brought forth", has been retold many times, and the main facts are familiar. The story of the chain of events that eventually brought the United States into the war, including the previously accepted version of the Persian-Gulf link, is told in The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara W. Tuchmann.

Keywords: American policy; Muslim lands; Ottoman empire; Zimmerman telegram



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