US Foreign Policy: Independence to the Cold War Analytical Essay by scribbler

US Foreign Policy: Independence to the Cold War
A review of the United States' foreign policy from its early years as a nation to the Cold War.
# 153235 | 993 words | 8 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 08, 2013 in Political Science (US Foreign Policy)


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The paper relates that during the early years of its existence as a nation, the United States pursued a largely isolationist policy and avoided involvement in European affairs. The paper looks at American foreign policy during the early half of the 19th century, and looks at how it intervened in the Spanish-American War, gaining Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippine Islands. The paper suggests that perhaps the most seismic change in US foreign policy occurred in the wake of World War I when the US entered the international conflict and won the war for the Allies, although the paper points out that the Republican-controlled Senate refused to approve of the US becoming a member of the League of Nations after the war. The paper then discusses America's victory over the German and Japanese forces in WWII when it took an openly internationalist approach after the war and oversaw the creation of the United Nations. The paper discusses the Truman Doctrine and how it symbolized a change in foreign policy in the wake of a new world order.

From the Paper:

"During the early years of its existence as a nation, the United States pursued a largely isolationist policy. George Washington famously urged the US in his farewell address to avoid involvement in European affairs. The US remained neutral during the French Revolution, despite the fact that France was its ally during the American Revolution (Foreign affairs: George Washington, 2011, The Miller Center). However, as early as the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, the need for America to take some interest in the actions of foreign lands became manifest. Fearing the encroachment of European powers into the hemisphere, President Monroe declared that America would not support European recolonization of any of the newly independent Latin American countries and expressed US support for newly independent Latin American countries. Monroe also stated the US would fight any encroachments by European powers into the Americas. There was strong support in the US for this action: Congress "viewed these later revolutions as reminiscent of its own struggle against Britain" (Foreign affairs: James Monroe, 2011, The Miller Center).
"The drive to expand the new nation's borders was to provide the impetus for much of its subsequent foreign policy during the early half of the 19th century. From 1846-1848 the US fought to defend the incorporation of the annexed state of Texas into the union and its defeat of the superior numbers of the Mexican army made a strong claim for America's new power as a nation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Foreign affairs: Abraham Lincoln. (2011). The American President: An Online Reference Guide. The Miller Center. Retrieved February 25, 2011 at http://millercenter.org/president/lincoln/essays/biography/5
  • Foreign affairs: George Washington. (2011). The American President: An Online Reference Guide. The Miller Center. Retrieved February 25, 2011 at http://millercenter.org/president/washington/essays/biography/5
  • Foreign affairs: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (2011). The American President: An OnlineReference Guide. The Miller Center. Retrieved February 25, 2011 at http://millercenter.org/president/fdroosevelt/essays/biography/5
  • Foreign affairs: Harry Truman. (2011). The American President: An Online Reference Guide. The Miller Center Retrieved February 25, 2011 at http://millercenter.org/president/truman/essays/biography/5
  • Foreign affairs: James Monroe. (2011). The American President: An Online Reference Guide. The Miller Center Retrieved February 25, 2011 at http://millercenter.org/president/monroe/essays/biography/5

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