Uncle Sam's War of 1898 and the Origins of Globalization by Thomas D. Schoonover

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The roots of American globalization can be found in the War of 1898. Then, as today, the United States actively engaged in globalizing its economic order, itspolitical institutions, and its values. Thomas Schoonover argues that this drive to expand political and cultural reach -- the quest for wealth, missionary fulfillment, security, power, and prestige -- was inherited by the United States from Europe, especially Spain and Great Britain. Uncle Sam's War of 1898 and the Origins of Globalization is a pathbreaking work of history that examines U.S. growth from its early nationhood to its first major military conflict on the world stage, also known as the Spanish-American War. As the new nation's military, industrial, and economic strength developed, the United States created policies designed to protect itself from challenges beyond its borders. According to Schoonover, a surge in U.S. activity in the Gulf-Caribbean and in Central America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was catalyzed by the same avarice and competitiveness that motivated the European adventurers to seek a route to Asia centuries earlier. Addressing the basic chronology and themes of the first century of the nation's expansion, Schoonover locates the origins of the U.S. goal of globalization. U.S. involvement in the War of 1898 reflects many of the fundamental patterns in our national history -- exploration and discovery, labor exploitation, violence, racism, class conflict, and concern for security -- that many believe shaped America's course in the twentieth and twenty-first century.


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Thomas Schoonover is Sagrera Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Published November 28, 2003 by The University Press of Kentucky. 200 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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In contrast to the traditional globalization assertion that the world's "Heartland" lies somewhere in the Eurasian land mass, Schoonover, professor of history at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, places it in the Caribbean/Central American region that from 1492 to the present has acted as a...

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Arguing that the 1898 war was a culmination of the United States' long quest for establishing its economic hegemony over the Caribbean and for opening the markets of Asia, the author views the conflict with Spain as the catalyst that ensured the success of these efforts, thereby catapulting the ...

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