American Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century
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February 27, 2010
Nicely done! I think you covered the justifications and the arguments against well. The world changed for America at the turn of the century propelling us towards world dominance and leadership. I’m not sure this was all for the good, but our industry and military would eventually make us a super power. The two upcoming world wars would also grow our economy, government and world influence. 10/10
There have been many debates of the American Imperialism against and for it in the nineteenth century that suggests there was an alternative. The United States would not have been able to survive without the imperialist movements and policies. The governments that were self-sustaining did not have independent futures by the mid 1800s. All the nations depended on one another as the World Empires controlled the loans, investment and international commerce.
There were three fundamental elements at the root of global expansions (Chimes. 1980). First was the search for and exploitation of raw materials: like sugar cane in the Caribbean, diamonds and gold in South Africa, and silk in India. (Davidson et al. 2008) Finding these resources in other geographical locations was the only way to continue the industrial growth. Capital was brought in by foreign trade as these countries became dependent on industrialism. People were able to purchase products from their home; however, this was simply moving the capital from purchaser to producer within the economy. Five other world empires attempted the same mission. They strategically place military bases to defend the interests and freedoms of the nation they placed filling stations in order for them to make longer trips with larger loads of cargo for trade (Davidson et al. 2008). Territorial conflict was inevitable as the other World Empires would not have over their posts, as well as,... [continues]
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