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John E. Wills's masterful heritage ushers us into the worlds of 1688, from the suicidal exaltation of Russian outdated Believers to the ravishing voice of the haiku poet Basho. Witness the attractiveness of the chinese language imperial courtroom because the Kangxi emperor publicly mourns the loss of life of his grandmother and shrewdly consolidates his energy. subscribe to the nice caravans of Muslims on their annual pilgrimage from Damascus and Cairo to Mecca. stroll the smelly streets of Amsterdam and input the Rasp residence, the place vagrants, beggars, and petty criminals worked to provide powdered brazilwood for the dyeworks. via those tales and so forth, Wills paints a close photograph of the way the worldwide connections of energy, cash, and trust have been starting to lend the realm its glossy shape. "A bright photograph of existence in 1688...filled with terrifying violence, scary diseases...comfortingly primary human kindnesses...and the highbrow achievements of Leibniz, Locke, and Newton."—Publishers Weekly

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Stupid . . ” In 1906, Roosevelt became the first American president to leave the country while in office, sailing to Panama in November to look at the canal. S. DIPLOMACY SINCE 1900 Theodore Roosevelt personally digging the Panama Canal, 1906. (Library of Congress) Expanding the Monroe Doctrine Once the United States had purchased the rights to the Isthmus, the protection of the area took on importance. James Monroe had announced that the United States would block any new European colonies in the Western Hemisphere in 1823.

In a sense, dollar diplomacy recalled the earliest traditions of American foreign policy. In the eighteenth century, one of the reasons the United States had separated from Great Britain and Europe was an American suspicion that the Europeans spent too much time on war and peace and too little effort on commerce. In his pamphlet Common Sense, Tom Paine had warned that Britain and Europe were corrupt because they had kept business and the expansion of trade in a subordinate role. In the “model treaty” drafted by the Second Continental Congress in 1776 to serve as basis of all subsequent United States relations with foreign nations, the principal form of interaction with other nations was supposed to be commercial.

Roosevelt on Asia and Russia But Roosevelt himself never clearly distinguished between economic and strategic motives in his foreign policy. ” At the same time, he believed that American businessmen were superior to those of other nations. Sometimes he sought to stiffen the spines of American businessmen and have them aggressively seek markets they might otherwise ignore. In China, he thought that American business could be the stalking horse for the government. He encouraged a reluctant J. P. Morgan in 1905 to back a railroad in China even though it was a bad investment.

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