Imperialism During Ww2

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With British imperial power collapsing during World War II, the United States was ready to move in. Hull said early in the war:Leadership toward a new system of international relationships in trade and other economic affairs will devolve very largely upon the United States because of our great economic strength. We should assume this leadership, and the responsibility that goes with it, primarily for reasons of pure national self-interest.” This point got my attention because it reminded me of the “white man‟s burden” that we talked about regarding imperialism, except that in this case the idea of acting out of “pure national self-interest” is plainly stated, not hidden behind a mask of good will. “The economic aid countries would need after the war was already seen in political terms: Averell Harriman, ambassador to Russia, said in early 1944: "Economic assistance is one of the most effective weapons at our disposal to influence European political events in the direction we desire,.. ." This point got my attention because Zinn writes about how the U. S. was preparing for the post-war world by establishing organizations like the International Monetary Fund that would help…show more content…
This point got my attention because during my debate on the validity of Lincoln‟s title as the “Great Emancipator” I suggested a more accurate nickname would be the “Preserver of the Union” because he was singularly focused on the preservation of the Union, and was willing to support whichever side of slavery would help further his main objective. In the case of Roosevelt, he was also less concerned with stopping the anti-Semitism as he was with keeping the big players (Germany—preventing another conflict) happy and advancing national
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