The Building of Global Empires. Before We Get Started. This is a great chapter and in many ways it contains the heart of this whole course: the dynamics of change and continuity and the causes and processes involved in those dynamics.
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By the 1860s Russia had gained control over the caravan cities of the ancient silk roads and were looking to extend into the northern frontier of India (The “Great Game” for influence and intelligence in Central Asia)
Through much of the nineteenth century imperialism was a European affair, rapid industrialization and a fear of being excluded from global influence lead Japan and the U.S. to seek imperial status.
U.S. Imperialism in Latin America and the Pacific
Monroe Doctrine – Established the U.S. as a protectorate of all the Americas.
Alaska (1867), Hawaii (1898), Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines (1898 Spanish American War)
Roosevelt Corollary – 1904 became part of the Monroe Doctrine and stated the U.S. right to intervene in the domestic affairs of nations within its hemisphere, if those nations were unable to maintain the security necessary to protect U.S. economic interests.