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Abstract

Although World War I left much of Europe devastated, America “picked up the pieces” relatively easily in comparison to other countries; because of its stability and newfound influence on an international spectrum, America capitalized on events during and after the war, such as the Inter-Allied Games of 1919. The victors of WWI expected this large-scale sporting event to boost morale and to strengthen ties between the Allied countries. However, the U.S. also used the Games to increase nationalism by showcasing the following: America’s superiority in regards to sports and warfare; America’s stability and vast influence in comparison to much of the world’s instability and dependence; and the benefits and appeal of being part of Uncle Sam’s team. The Inter-Allied Games showed how countries can utilize international sporting competitions for their own purposes. These competitions can meet political needs and goals because of how popular the events are; they create a unique yet effective international stage.

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