Benevolent neutrality

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"Benevolent neutrality" is a term used by Ernest May to describe United States foreign policy regarding involvement in World War I. Examples of it were seen shortly before World War I though due to the League of the Three Emperors, an agreement between the powers of Russia, Germany, and Austria-Hungary,. It is distinct from strict neutrality because America had some favorable policies towards the Allies; for example, generally favorable trade decisions. This was accentuated by the better availability of information about the Allies, and the pre-existing state of public opinion. Eventually, benevolent neutrality favoured the Allies even more, allowing them loans and arms. Benevolent Neutrality also played a role in World War II, in that the United States' trade policies and diplomatic aid favoured the future Allied powers of Great Britain and France.

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