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The Americas After Independence. Wood 17 A nation’s ability to prosper depends on its leaders’ ability to recognize resources, identify priorities, and make effective progress. Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis. Political & economic capitalism lead to prosperity expansion isolationism

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The Americas After Independence

Wood 17

A nation’s ability to prosper depends on its leaders’ ability to recognize resources, identify priorities, and make effective progress.


Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Political & economic capitalism lead to prosperity

    • expansion

    • isolationism

    • immigration

    • type of government matters

      federalism / strong central government

      regionalism


Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • How leaders respond to regional differences leads to success or failure, union or division

    • North v. South (civil war) in the US

    • increased home rule in Canada

    • fragmentation of Gran Colombia (Ven, Col, Ecu)

    • Central America pulled away from Mexico


Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Keep the cycle of innovation going

    war

    productivity

    wealth

    relocation/improved living conditions

    mechanization

    exports …


Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Know when to engage in diplomacy

    - US: isolation, then US/Eur*/Canada relations

    - cultural influence can lead to political alliance

    - which led to two nations that ‘spoke the same language’

    Romanticism

    Darwin / Darwinism

    Freud / modern psychology

    - Mexico?

    - Other Latin American states?


Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Pay attention to demographics

    who’s the elite?

    who are the worker class?

    do the ppl – mixed as they are – participate in policymaking?

    can the people – mixed as they are –self-rule?


Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Theory isn’t practice

    can you apply current ideology?

    can you experiment with ideas…and recover?


Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Establish a political institution

    who has authority and how can they assure the peaceful transfer of power?

    GW & Juan Manual de Rosas:

    both charismatic and republican

    only GW succeeded (why?)

    Juarez & Diaz: how successful, and why?


Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • The role of a belief system – and its church – matters

    • US: no state religion

    • GB: state religion

    • Canada: no state religion

    • Latin America: Catholic Church

      Juarez viewed Ch as obstacle (“Land & liberty”)

      same slogan as French Rev’n –

      why did Juarez fail?


Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Don’t get left behind: Meet economic demands and you can participate in the global economy

    Portugal: couldn’t

    Spain: couldn’t

    US: could

    GB: could

    Mexico / Diaz: could


Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Bring the country with you

    regularly assess who benefits, who loses

    will the losers become a liability?

    Mexico: Diaz & foreign investors…oh no!

    US: slaves, immigrants, women…free’m = $ dev’t

    Americas: slaves’ freedom yields $ dev’t

    Cuba: ready for independence, but US wasn’t

    US ready for canal, but Colombia wasn’t


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