Explain whether you think of the United States of America is a “modern” empire or not. Compare and contrast T?

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  • Explain whether you think of the United States of America is a “modern” empire or not. Compare and contrast T?


Answer #1 | 22/12 2013 13:30
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Answer #2 | 22/12 2013 18:43
The US has never been an Empire. An Empire is led by a King or Queen and has numerous colonies H-man
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 19:05
Yes the United States meets the definition of an empire. There is no prerequiste that the leader of an empire be a Monarch. American imperialism began day one, but its term was not realized until President James Polk sought to expand beyond the traditional boundaries into Mexico. The U.S. is a tightly held federal republic made of independent states who gave up part of their sovereignty for the common benefit of their electorate. Beyond the Mexican conquest and expansion and the acquisition of territories in the West; the U.S. expanded into the Pacific and acquired places like the Phillippines and the Hawaiian Island, which was ruled by a monarch. The U.S. acquired 'most favored' status in China and shared in subjugation of that country during the early 1900s. Many questions surround the explosion on the Maine and the Spanish American War which the U.S. acquired Puerto Rico and the lost of other Spanish holdings. As Wiki points out, "[e]xpansion on a grand scale is the primary objective of an empire[.]" Wiki goes on, but I think the picture is clear. I hate using Wiki but it is easy for people to read rather than using journal articles. Besides as a tertiary source it has sources at the bottom for research. Also, expansion is not limited to territorial expansion. Economic imperialism is the new form, but hey others see it differently. Here is also a link on territorial acquisitions by the U.S.
Answer #4 | 25/12 2013 16:19
Today, what many consider to be the "American Empire" does not fit historical definitions of imperialism and colonialism, but the United States influence takes on different and discrete forms. America's military presence by itself is breathtaking and influential. According to researchers around the world, the United States maintains 750 military bases or installations staffed by American military personnel in roughly 130 countries. The economic influence of American corporations is also substantial which strongly contributes to the growing Americanization of many countries. It has been suggested that America has achieved the status of world hegemon; defined as a State existing as a superpower in a unipolar geopolitical environment whence it can dictate international law. Put another way, the United States' power is such that it can act unilaterally without fear of reprisal due to the prevalence of its military forces in any relevant theater of operations. The term "American Empire" is today often mostly used as derogatory expression to personify America's military and cultural presence in nations around the world.

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