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Emergence of U. S. as a Global Power By Dr. Louis Mushary Department of History Loyola College- Chennai-34
Introduction Pre-occupied with her political and economic problems Stay at home and refrained from intervention Imperialist sentiments of America ran high Involved in the affairs of Latin America and Far East
Factors Responsible for the Rise of Imperialism Economic Factors: Industrial development of the country. Looking for new foreign markets and sources of raw material. Areas where her surplus capital could be invested. Needed secure bases.
Factors Responsible for the Rise of Imperialism Doctrine of Racial Superiority: Revival of the old idea of ‘Manifest Destiny’ was given a scientific interpretation in the light of Darwin’s theory. Domination of the fittest was the law of nature. Religious Factors: ‘Doctrine of racial superiority’ was used to justify American imperialist designs. Americans belonged to a superior race and were designed by God to bestow the blessings.
Factors Responsible for the Rise of Imperialism European Example: Attitude of other European powers were involved in a scramble for new lands. Japan had joined them in this race. Americans felt that they were falling behind the time. Naval Policy: Efforts were made to enlarge and modernize the navy. Naval Advisory Board 1881. Congress authorized construction of three heavy battleships. U. S. A. had become third naval power in the world.
Factors Responsible for the Rise of Imperialism Role of Leaders: New versions of Manifest Destiny. Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge and Senator Albert J. Beveridge Involved America in imperialist adventures.