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Global America

Andrew Preston

in American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print July 2019 | ISBN: 9780199899395
Published online April 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190946036 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199899395.003.0003

Series: Very Short Introductions

Global America

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By the end of the nineteenth century, the United States had become the world’s preeminent economic power. Yet for such a large and wealthy country, by 1890 the United States was in a curious position: it was an economic colossus, but a diplomatic and military dwarf. In comparison to the great powers of Europe or Japan, America was a minor actor on the world stage. That would all soon change. ‘Global America’ explores two phenomena—globalization and world war—that brought America deeper into world affairs. By the end of the period, in 1919, the United States had become one of the greatest powers of the world—and yet refused to play its part.

Keywords: Fourteen Points; John Hay; Thomas Jefferson; League of Nations; Open Door; Treaty of Paris; William Howard Taft; Treaty of Versailles; World War I; World War II

Chapter.  5929 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Diplomatic History ; United States History ; Diplomacy and Consular Relations

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