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Three Wise Men History 182W
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While history books and newspapers may depict international affairs as deliberations between nation states, in practice negotiations are made on a personal level, between as few as two individuals. These individuals, leaders of their country and people, must dually embody the character, desires and values of his citizens and be larger-than-life himself. To understand shifts and developments in a country’s international status, one would be wise to examine the leaders of said country, for their influence is second to none. Great leaders are not only able to make changes from the top down, but also to motivate and change public opinion so that change is championed by the individual citizen. As the United States stepped onto the world stage as a viable economic and military power, it was presented with the opportunity to create and protect a new world order. Presidents William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were driven by their own interpretations of America’s role in the world to develop and secure the United States’ international influence. Following the war, TR was elected Governor of New York, and soon after was chosen as McKinley’s running mate. The pair won by a landslide, and following McKinley’s assassination, Roosevelt became President. Where McKinley had stopped short at aiming for the hearts and minds of foreign peoples; Roosevelt saw it as his duty to civilize and better the world around him. The growing insurgency in Philippines was a holdover from the McKinley administration, and TR saw fit to not only quell the insurrection, but to create a massive infrastructure of transportation and education on the islands. Roosevelt continued this drive to civilize defeated countries in Cuba, building communications, transport and a wide-ranging healthcare system. By
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