These were the convictions of the Founders. The radiance of the nation would in the first instance be territorial, within the Western Hemisphere. But in the last instance, that radiance would be more than territorial: it would be moral and political. Once the current boundaries of the United States were largely reached, the same sense of the future took more commercial than territorial form, looking west rather than south.
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But does that content you? I trust it does not. You want the commerce of the world. This must be looked for on the Pacific. The nation that draws most from the earth and fabricates most, and sells the most to foreign nations, must be and will be the great power of the earth. With the outbreak of the Spanish—American War, classical inter-imperialist conflict brought colonies in the Pacific and the Caribbean, and full-fledged entrance into the ranks of the great powers.
Perry Anderson Imperium S ince the Second World War, the external order of American power has been largely insulated from the internal political system.
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Many other countries, of course, worry about entanglement. During the Cold War, the Japanese were frightened of being drawn by the U. Namely, every case in which a U. Such evidence would be a powerful counterweight to widespread process-tracing evidence showing intervention motivated by a desire to uphold U. Debates about U. As noted, it raises several questions that subsequent research should explore. But the purpose of an article is to kick the can further down the road, and Beckley has given it an energetic boot.
The article makes important theoretical and empirical contributions to a debate that deserves, by virtue of its great policy significance, to clatter onward.
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