America's Role in the World (Global Issues) by Phillip Margulies

By Phillip Margulies

This quantity examines questions pertaining to whilst the U.S. may still use army strength, how the US may still reply to globalization, and even if corporations akin to the United countries nonetheless paintings. It explores America's function in the course of the views of Europe, Latin the United States, the Islamic international, Asia, and Russia.

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In the late 1800s, European nations saw themselves in a desperate struggle for survival: Patriotic intellectuals and politicians worried that without empires their countries would become weak, their independence endangered. The trends that led other industrialized nations to acquire empires motivated the United States to do so as well. 37 It had strength and wealth to spare. Americans began to speak of a Manifest Destiny beyond their shores. S. secretary of state James G.  . ”38 In the early 1890s Albert J.

Manufacturers in the home countries wanted overseas possessions for their raw materials and markets—for example, a place to mine iron ore (the raw material) and a place to sell the steel manufactured from it (the market). 35 European governments helped their merchants and manufacturers because trade strengthened the economy of the home country, kept its workers employed, and provided the funds for a large army and perhaps also government services to keep citizens at home contented. Additionally, governments tended to see their interests as identical with those of the propertied classes, from whose ranks most politicians were drawn.

20 This change in theology was accompanied by the 20 I n t rhoed u Fo c u s on Ucnt i toend S t a t e s growth of highly emotional forms of worship meant to encourage people to see their helplessness and sinfulness, open their hearts to God’s grace, and be born again. The second Great Awakening had profound effects on American society. In the North, pious business leaders affected by it engaged in many social reforms that they saw as part of a heavenly plan for the United States—campaigns to distribute Bibles and tracts, fight drunkenness, force steamships not to run on Sunday, rescue prostitutes from a life of shame, stamp out novel-reading and theatergoing, convert Irish immigrants to Protestantism, establish missions in the slums, and abolish slavery.

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