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What are some factors that led the United States to adopt a policy of political and economic expantion?

Question by hunterloverboy: What are some factors that led the United States to adopt a policy of political and economic expantion?

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Answer by Darth Severus
large size of American economy and military potential, and belief that Capitalism and Democracy are the best way to run the society.

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2 comments on “What are some factors that led the United States to adopt a policy of political and economic expantion?

  • Greed. When you can only see dollar signs (not people) you will understand.

  • The US held a primarily isolationist approach to international relations until WW2, even then, the Congress was a massive hotbed NOT to get involved. Pearl Harbor changed all of that and the Congress finally sided with FDR to get engaged (incidentally, just like people think Bush was behind 9/11 to get involved in Iraq; people thought FDR was behind Pearl harbor to get us in the War).
    Following the War, the global economy was a complete wreck. The Fascists came to power (and the Communists earlier) due to the economic philosophies of the time that advocated absolute protectionism (mercantilism), which forced exports onto Colonies. The Treaty of Versailles (sp), in particular, led to the developement of the Nazi party’s massive approval, since France had emposed strict economic restrictions on Germany.
    Since the War crippled the economies of all the major economies of the World, except the US since there was two huge oceans separating it from the War, the US was called upon by these Countries to inject capital in the global economy. This was done through the Marshall Plan in Europe and through the Bretton Woods Conference which developed the World Bank and the IMF. Moreover, the US, being the only Military power in tact, was also called upon to defend Europe from another massive war that was looming with the spread of communism…this lead to the development of Nato and the UN (which was built from the foundation of the failed League of Nations).
    Since the US was placed in this position, it naturally became the dominant international player. Now, as the Apex economy of the world, it will require more energy for the US to remain the Apex than for fledgling upstarts to challenge this position. This is where we are now.

    Hope this helped some.

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