University of Glasgow, US United States, American Civil War, immigration, economic growth, imperialism, industrial revolution, globalization, american foreign policy, open door policy, international power
Between the end of the American Civil War in 1865 and 1900, the United States emerged as a major world power with the capacity to influence decisions and world events. The rise of the United States as a global power is closely tied with the important notion of American Imperialism, which refers to its economic, cultural and military influence worldwide. The Civil War came to an end in April 1865 and initiated a major push for the United States to completely settle the West and thus grow into a continental power stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. With this national consolidation, further steps were taken to extend the American influence abroad, especially in the late 1890s. Producing far more than they could consume, Americans were seeking new markets overseas for its industrial products which will lead them toward an ambitious round of expansionism: the rise to global power.
We might wonder how did the United States emerge as a global power in the decades following the American Civil War ?
[...] The pivotal-turning point for the United States was the Spanish-American War in the 1898. It created the conditions for the United States to become a global power of genuine importance. We will also analyse how the Open Door Policy generated a the firmly rooted American presence in East Asia. By the 1890s, American became conscious of their emerging power. However, despite being a powerful economic giant, the United States had a minor role on the world stage compared to the European powers. [...]
[...] With the annexation of Hawaii in 1898 and the Spanish-American-Cuban-Filipino, the Americans acquired an empire overseas . The year 1898 constituted a key turning point which marked the United States' emergence as a global power. Situated midway between North America and Asia, the Hawaii Islands were attractive to the United States, especially for its push to Asia. President McKinley even declared in 1898 : "We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is manifest destiny." The United States eventually managed to gain control of Hawaii with a treaty of annexation in 1898. [...]
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[...] How do we Explain the United States' Rise to Global Power Status in the Decades Following the American Civil War? Between the end of the American Civil War in 1865 and 1900, the United States emerged as a major world power with the capacity to influence decisions and world events. The rise of the United State as a global power is closely tied with the important notion of American Imperialism, which refers to its economic, cultural and military influence worldwide. [...]
[...] The Open Door policy was established in the desire of American businesses to trade with Chinese markets. In 1899, Secretary of State John Hay sent the first of his Open Door notes to other major powers, asking them to allow equal and open access to China. Establishing an international system based on openness through the Open Door Notes, Americans were also playing a more important role in international diplomacy. By continuing the Open Door policy in China, President Theodore Roosevelt became the symbol of the emergence of the United Stated to world-power status. [...]
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