The United States history we currently know has been created bynumerous events, which range from trade, war, immigration anddecolonization among others. They happened outside the country’sborders. For instance, events such as the civil and revolutionary warhave been more influential in America’s past. They resulted in USindependence and initiated the push for fair opportunity for allhumankind, which explains why the country undertook a new role ininternational affairs. The paper makes an argument on the mannerAmerica’s place in the globe has shaped its past.
Inspired by the compulsive promise of a US century, Luce Henryproclaimed the hundred years from 1941 as America’s destiny (Weber1). Unmatched authority and supremacy would characterize the years.Fifty percent of the world’s GDP belonged to America, spearheadingthe globe technologically, scientifically, in projecting militaryforce internationally, the main competitors were destroyed and the USheld monopoly over the atomic bomb. To date, the US progresses tohave a large economy globally, firepower as well as internationalstanding to indulge in battles as massive as the war in Iraq, and agreat culture significance.
Global organizations and bodies were started by the US during thehigh point of the world war two. They supposed that a steady globalorder would be created based on freedoms, which would via thefounding of a United Nations, among other collective administrationforces. This has filled the territory void, as states hold monopolyon the employment of force within their territory whereas orderwithin the global phase is ensured via diffusing authority amidstates (Weber 1). It is an idealistic outlook and possibly one thatis deficient since during the post-war time. The US having triumphedbecoming a monopoly over nations, emphasizing the insignificance ofUN without America, it was an oblique manifestation of imperialism,which explains America’s position in the globe as imperialistic.
The similar supremacy was an aspect of the global financial world,as the US was the main architecture in creating the InternationalMonetary Fund, IMF, as well as World Bank (Kegan 33). The guidelinesthat debtor nations were supposed to adopt were regarded as theWashington Consensus. This prestidigitation made it probable forAmerica to have more dominance in regards to the economic associationwith different nations, which is significant in an enhancing globalperiod. In reference to the US Empire, contrary to others in worldhistory has been created via economically manipulative approaches,for instance, the issuance of major loans to nations, which thecountries are incapable of paying back. The outlook is important inPax Americana and the institution of security though, discriminationhas been apparent as the developing nations begin to discover theirdecreasing political significant to wealthy nations as inverselycomparative to personal economic wants. Contrary, provided the USprogresses to have the capability of ignoring requests or demands inrelation to issues, which fail to be suited towards the country’sagenda. An illustration is the resolution by George Bush to enterinto battle with Iraq, which could also make it possible to helpnations requiring humanitarian assistance. Such flexibility has beenintegral in influencing the rise to authority during the twentiethera.
It is apparent that counter-factualists can declare that if the UShad negotiated during the world wars, their relevance could havefailed to be relevant. The argument is because of the fact thatalliances could as well stop to be in existence within the Nazi andSoviet, due to the absence of any possible bases within hostileregions. The Washington Consensus could be unnecessary (Kagan43). Hence, following the American military interference, endorsementin place of Europe occupation was needed, which emerged through theMarshall Plan that assisted the affected Europe with resources tocalm the US apprehension of becoming communist. Alliances were neededfor improving US outlook of the prospect, by becoming political ortrade partners. Connected to the Truman Doctrine, an initialillustration of US tailoring of the political global politicalalignment, to ensure conditions support its success, this may beinterpreted to mean the formation of an ideology empire. Theintervention strengthens the outlook that open-minded democracy,despite being heavily capitalistic when compared to the free UStechnique, was the model to adhere to.
Intervention in international affairs has acted as an integralaspect in positioning America. The US engages in global affairs via akaleidoscope of definitive subjectivity, with the presumption thatfreethinking democracy acts as the paradigm, the intervention hasresulted in positive impacts on the current globe. However, it is notall interventions that have resulted in positive impacts as isnotable through the historic Vietnam battle, and the war inAfghanistan which demonstrates the start of unending crisis for US.In defense of the involvement in global affairs, it has been a majorforce for good globally during the previous century. It has resultedin the defeat of Nazism and Communism, as well as fighting theTaliban as wells as Serbian ethnic cleansings. The involvement ininternational affairs can be traced back to Woodrow Wilson’sintervention during world war one.
This meant that the US ceased from becoming a major illustration offreedom, rather became responsible for bestowing internationalfreedom via political and military involvement. Most noticeable ofAmerica’s international intervention is not possible to over-look.Current South Korea, Germany and Japan are illustration of the US’scapability at reinventing and making countries stable. In Japan andGermany, America was triumphant in overthrowing rogue rulestransforming the communities and creating stable west orienteddemocracies. If America had not made such efforts at intervening,then it would also be improbable to have a modern world. However,America’s engagement in global affairs has not always beensuccessful or resulted in a stable world order. An illustration isthe case of Afghanistan.
It is apparent that the US has been at the forefront in engaging ininternational affairs. The aims have been to ensure that othernations are capable of enjoying the democracy and freedoms, whichthey should. However, not all Americans seem to view the position ofthe US in its interventions as necessary. This is especially whenquestioning the inability of the country to ensure freedom in its ownnation. In history, such questioning is apparent via the NegroRevolution. It was a movement created with the aim of enablingAfrican Americans to oppose oppression, which had been widespread formany years (King 13).
In his writing, King notes how America was focused towards thepreservation of autonomy overseas whereas unable to offer the samefreedom to its African American civilians (King 16). Based on theprinciple that freedom should be given to all human beings, historicUS manifestly did not give all its civilians freedom. The endeavorsat set the limits of freedom has been a recurrent aspect of Americanpast. This resulted in the major mass-action crusade that happened in1963 push for freedom. Such freedoms progresses to be widespread inAmerica to date. Currently, there are Americans that feel the countryshould stop its involvement in international affairs. The argumentderives from the fact that the involvement does not always benefitthe US and at times could result in unending interventions, whichcause harm to the nation, like the war in Afghanistan.
America’s position in the world has been that of a superpower,which has been mainly achieved through its imperialism and engagementin international affairs. The desire for America to be in charge ofruling over other nations is apparent in the nation’s involvementin major wars like the civil and revolution wars. America was hopefulthat by succeeding in the wars they could be able to take over largeterritories. The same applies to intervention policies that makenations dependent on the US. There have been events elsewhere thathave had an impact in shaping US community. A perfect illustration isimmigration. When people from different nations move to America, theyinfluence the cultural practices on those they assimilate with.America is a diverse nation comprising of people of different races,and origins, which is largely attributable to immigration.Immigration has resulted in the creation of laws that aim atrestricting the illegal movement of persons into America. Politicsalso focuses on offering solutions to the problems of illegalimmigration.
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