The American Empire - The American Empire Did the 1890s...

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The American Empire Did the 1890’s witness a new era in American foreign policy that emphasized imperial expansion? o Annexation of Hawaii, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and establishment of protectorate over Cuba What is Imperialism o Society imposes or attempts to impose control over and weaker nation of group of people o Formal and informal control: Formal : plant an American flag on someone’s land. Informal : make sure people use their finances to benefit us, even more than it benefits them Ever since the civil war we are doing informal control. By the Spanish American war we adopted a much more formal stance on imperialism. America was powerful and we weren’t going to shy away for it. What factors contributed? Context of Imperialism Domestic Economic Development o Provide economic power to expand International Economics o Question of surplus production Tools of Empire o Military Technology Civil War US Navy o Alfred Mahan : US navel officer and served during the civil war. Commanded a couple vessels. Appointed to the naval war college. Masters Degree was an
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