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Power and Policy America's First Steps to Superpower, 1889–1922

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  • Publisher:
    Algora Publishing, 2008
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.


  • Auteur: Lenz, Lawrence

    Through its military policy and foreign policy, America attained superpower status in a remarkably short period of time. Nations survive based on their ability to provide internal order and external defense. Unfortunately, foreign policy goals are not always attained, and sometimes those goals are based on questionable concepts. Power and Policy examines the relationship of the U.S. military and naval power with its foreign policy objectives, exploring the policies and the use of force that propelled the United States into the first ranks of world power. The book asks when military action is needed and how such action can change the very context within which foreign policy unfolds. The study focuses on 12 major decisive events in history during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including: - A hurricane in Samoa and its effect on the German and U.S. navies - The outcomes that followed the Spanish-American War - The role of Panama in the development of a trans-continental powerhouse - The U.S. approach to southern neighbors including Nicaragua and Mexico - Maneuvering for a stronger global position at the conclusion of World War I - The establishment of naval parity with Great Britain The facts, background and analysis enable readers to understand interventions that defined and then redefined U.S. foreign policy for the rest of the 20th century. Documented with illustrations of policy debates and with tables listing the evolution in U.S. naval strength as the country spanned the continent, both the requirement and the means are explained for the shift from a stance of coastal defense to world power. A great gift for men and women interested in U.S. history, military history and naval history, Power and Policy examines the origins of U.S. involvement with guerrilla war and terrorism; the evolution of the Military-Industrial Complex; the establishment of the dollar as a reserve currency; and America's self-declared mission to spread its influence, under the banner of "democracy," worldwide.

    Éditeur original: New York, Algora Publishing
    Langue(s): English