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Unformatted text preview: Chapter Twenty-One PSDs 21-1 2) Mahan sees his countrys geographical isolation as a strength because of the natural barrier against aggressive enemies; he sees it as a weakness because with that strength, the United States is apt to fall into a false sense of security, so to speak, thus allowing herself to atrophy and become ripe for conquest, or whatever you will. 3) Mahans general view of history is one of reflective reactions, meaning that Mahan sees history as a constant refining process as the human race reacts upon stimulus from its environment, which may or may not be other people. 21-2 2) The frontier defined American identity via cultivating certain traits within the people inhabiting that land, the intellectual traits of profound importance as Turner puts it. And fortunately for the American identity, those traits trickled down into the following generation with the closing of the frontier. 3) Turners thesis could be used to explain the appearance of an American empire by citing Turners thought that expansion, growth, and development were in Americans lineage. QFT 1) An American empire would do nothing without a solid and effective merchant fleet acting as the lifeblood of the empire. And a merchant fleet, and for that matter an empire, are not safe the lifeblood of the empire....
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