Edwin Costrell

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Originally published in 1940, as the United States once more evaluated possible involvement in global conflict, How Maine Viewed the War, 1914– 1917 looks backward to Maine on the eve of World War I. Author Edwin Stanley Costrell (1913–2010), through a study of newspaper coverage of the years 1914 to 1917, provides a thought-provoking account of a Maine people wrestling with ambivalence over US involvement in the Great War; of a citizenry seeking to reconcile ethnic diversity with national unity; and of a nation divided over pacifism, militarism, isolationism, and internationalism and increasingly moving toward war with Germany. Costrell was born in Bangor and earned a BA in English in 1938 and an MA in History and Government in 1939, both from University of Maine. After serving in the US Army during World War II, he earned a PhD in History and International Relations from Clark University in 1949.Thereafter, he worked as a diplomatic historian for the State Department from 1949 until his retirement in 2002, and authored numerous works on foreign relations.