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Unformatted text preview: American Empire Lecture 4 January 23, 2008 The Beginning of an American Century, ca. 1910 1) Consistencies across the 20 th century a) US willing to work with authoritarian governments i) Where its interests were lined up the US would protect capitalism in places without freedom b) Instances of limits on US power 2) Roosevelt Corollary to Monroe Doctrine a) 1904 Roosevelt declared that no other empires should have colonies in the western hemisphere b) Britain was happy with the Monroe Doctrine i) They thought of the Doctrine as preserving a capital order ii) Britain recognized the rise of the US (1) Made more sense for Britain to be aligned with US 3) Jack London a) Author, Call of the Wild b) Was on imperial fronts in Alaska, Mexico, Korea 4) Alaska a) Gold deposits attracted the US b) Britain sides with US in US/Canada border dispute for gold 5) Open and Closed Doors a) US and Britain worked together on the Open Door in Asia b) US was willing to work more peacefully and diplomatically in China/Asia 6) The US in China and Japan a) Role of missionaries b) Intellectual exchange programs having an effect on foreign policy/relations i) Yale in China, Levin in India (1) Self conscious presence to facilitate government relations c) Yale in China i) Edward Hume, Yale graduate (1) Better Yale/US/China relations but wanted to do good also...
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- The Call of the Wild