History 228 Essay 1

History 228 Essay 1 - Tamar Paltin HS228 America as an...

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Tamar Paltin HS228 America as an Empire October 18 2007
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America’s involvement in the destruction and creation of foreign governments can be viewed with both key similarities and key differences in the post-war era as America grew as an international super power. The overwhelming omnipresence of communism in the mind set of American policy makers can be seen in the American actions in Germany, Japan, Guatemala, and Iran, however the presence of communism, real or imagined, was not the only factor in the decision making process. The tactics used in these countries also differed in many ways, as did the policies utilized. America’s strategy in Germany involved a systematic destruction of German military capability, economic workings, and national confidence. The overtaking of Germany was also done in very public and militarized fashion with very little secretive action needed. American policy makers wanted Germans to know “that they are a defeated nation, collectively and individually,” in order to impress upon Germany that they were now subservient and would no longer have the power to go to war with any of the world powers at the time. (Smith, 153) It was even suggested that the German’s should be kept at “the lowest standards of health, diet, and shelter” possible so that they would further succumb to United State’s rule. (Smith, 153) Germany was seen as a defeated and evil nation after the war and America was clear in all policies that Germany was to be kept at a low standard of living with a depressed economy while it was shaped into a nation that America could approve of. At this point it was decided that Germany would be molded into a country that could survive in the realm of Western European and American economic function. America acted very blatantly and boldly with Germany, making it clear that any form of communism would not be welcome and would be crushed as America sought to use
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Germany’s history of Democracy, the Weimar Republic, and the strength of Germany’s past economic structure to re-create a compatible nation. America went so far as to inhibit the creation of political parties that may lean towards communist ideals, though no effort was expanded to impose the American style of democracy on the German people. There was no secrecy in America’s intent in Germany, policies were created publicly and in the effort to create a nation incapable of warfare with a lowered sense of nationalism and a liberated economy, in the hope to prevent future wars of great magnitude and in
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