The American War Against Fear World War II was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, in which it encompassed the major nations in the world, including the United States of America. The aftermath of the war, in which the United States and its allied powers emerged victorious, should have marked a period of political tranquility. However this supposition proved incorrect, as the American ethos was ravaged by a state of political and military tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. More than a military conflict, the Cold War was an ideological war in which democracy and communism clashed. The Cold War fears of the American people, reflected in the mass hysteria behind the Red Scare and McCarthyism, was entrenched in the
Savannah Leaird Mrs. Hannon American History II 15 February, 2018 United States Imperialism. Isolationism is defined as a policy for remaining separate from the political affairs and interests of other nations, while imperialism is defined as a policy of extending a country 's power and influence through diplomacy or military force. From the Colonial Period to WWII, the United States slowly began to pull away from isolationism and lean more towards the idea of imperialism. After World War II, isolationism came a complete halt in our nation and we see America begin to imperialize several different territories all over the world. As the U.S. makes this transition, there are multiple obvious changes throughout the nation, such as a growth of our economy, a feeling of cultural superiority, and a strengthening of our naval forces.
to take action in the Vietminh’s fight for independence. The domino theory, which reflects America’s fear and the conviction that communism appeared to be a danger for the world, is accepted as the main reason for America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The American presidents shared the orthodox interpretation, all believing in the containment of communism. Other factors that explain America’s involvement in the Vietnam War are the quagmire and Stalemate theory and the commitment trap. The increased commitment from previous presidents made it more difficult and challenging for the successors to withdraw from the Vietnam.
1. In Imperialism J.A. Hobson claims that imperialism is not motivated “by the interests of the nation, but by those of certain classes, who impose the policy upon the nation for their own advantage.” What group do you think Hobson was talking about? Why? The groups that Hobson was talking about were the certain classes that portray the part of imposing policy is the upper tier society in Britain due to the fact they have military, politics, and financial resources.
American Exceptionalism was coined by Alexis de Tocqueville in his book Democracy in America. To illustrate how the American way of thought is superior to the other ways of the world, Tocqueville expresses that the American way of thought is distinctively unique and special. This distinction is exemplified through liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism, and Laissez-Faire Economics. These qualities prove America’s exceptionality and difference from other countries. Although American Exceptionalism originated in the early 1800s, the idyllic values Tocqueville paints in his book can be seen throughout American history.
Jane Addams, the speaker in Document 4, criticized the Spanish-American War and the militarism it encouraged in the United States. This gave many people the idea that maybe imperialism wasn’t such a great idea. They shunned the idea of using violence in order to grow the American Empire. William Graham Sumner, also criticized imperialism (Document 2). He believed that assimilating people to American culture through military force would cause the United States to seem violent like Spain.
The nineteenth century isolationism was a movement of the United States to become an independent nation. They did not want allies and they wanted to be their own country. Meaning they did not want to be part of the UN. A lot of countries at the tim were becoming independent at the time because they felt compelled as a nation to come together in union. A lot of countries did not realize at the time that because their was a strong sense of nationalism.
Ron Paul, in his discussion, helps to give the differences between isolationism and non-interventionism. For isolationism, he explains that it is these people or citizens who want their country to be isolated. In this way, they do not want anything from other countries. For non-interventionism, this means taking care of one's own affairs, so that one does not participate in the internal affairs of other countries. I agree with Ron that countries should consider being non-interventionist in the sense that they should not worry about other countries with their resources unless they directly affect
Rooted in American exceptionalism, the idea that the United States is different from other countries due to its mission to spread liberty and democracy, America acquired territories like the Philippines. Many Americans accepted the ideology of the white man’s burden; an important factor in the decision to rule, rather than liberate the Philippines after the country was taken from Spain after the Spanish-American War. One of America’s notable examples of American imperialism was the annexation of Hawaii in 1898 which became a state later in 1959. Imperialism greatly effected many nations throughout the late 1800s and 1900s. As countries fought for more power and influence, it became one of the main reasons for WWI in the early 1900s.
03.01 Isolationism, Intervention, and Imperialism: Assignment From 1848 to 1849, Hungary fought for independence against the Austrian Empire. The Hungarians were able to win the revolution therefore becoming independent from the Austrian Empire. The United States declines to give aid to Hungarian patriots in 1849 is an example of isolationism. The definition of isolationism is a policy of refraining from involvement in global affairs. Well the US did not take part in helping the Hungarian patriots in their fight for independence therefore meaning refraining from involvement in global affairs.