The idealism of greater diplomacy that dominated the period of reform between 1900 1917

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But Woodrow Wilson, whose ideas would eventually triumph, did not want his country to become just another great power. It had grown to be the most populous country in the Western world, save Russia. It was taken for granted that hierarchies of civilizations existed, with the industrialized European countries and the United States at the top.

International relations after 1945

Consequently, the British tried to minimize existing imperial tensions with Russia. Taken together, those principles constitute a blend of realism and idealism, not a stark choice between them, and their careful application over several decades represents a singular achievement for American diplomacy. The Congo Basin became a zone of free trade under the protection of Leopold II, King of the Belgians , who established one of the most brutal and repressive colonial regimes ever seen in Africa. Governments acted within the frame of the nation state or empire and often tried to further national expansion. Whatever their limitations, for nearly three generations those institutions constituted the major pillars supporting a global economic expansion of unprecedented reach. A contemporary observer, Joseph Schumpeter , described this policy as imperialism without objects. President Barack Obama must now strike his own balance between the claims of realism and idealism. In some cases this was purely cynical colonial propaganda, but this concept also served as a powerful ideological framework to proclaim not only European technical and military superiority, but also cultural superiority. The German battle fleet was unable to defend German overseas interests, having been built only to stop Great Britain. However, the German public welcomed this step. However, even if informal and financial imperialism contributed to the worsening of relations between certain states during this first wave of globalization between the s and , during this period close economic ties and global financial networks were also created. It was the destiny of the white races to lift up mankind and to bring the lights of civilization even to the darkest places of the world.

The enormous progress in communications railways, trans-oceanic telegraph lines, steamshipsthe second industrial revolution steel, electricity, energy, chemistryand technical progress in weapon technologies modern artilleryMaxim-guns or machine guns had enabled Europeans and North Americans to occupy and control territories and states which were either unknown the African interior or even perceived to be culturally superior like China some decades before the First World War.

Respect for sovereignty was its essence. Consequently, at the beginning of the s German diplomats encouraged the French government to expand in Africa, hoping for conflicts between the French, Italians, and British. However, their governments quickly recognized that the scramble for Africa could have undesired diplomatic repercussions in Europe.

The idealism of greater diplomacy that dominated the period of reform between 1900 1917

After the Slavic provinces of Bosnia and Hercegovina rebelled against Ottoman rule in and Russia made war on the Ottoman Empire two years later, the Dreikaiserbund collapsed. The next Balkan crisis, which erupted in Bulgaria in , again tempted Russia to expand its influence to the gates of Constantinople. Yet American diplomacy has proved most successful when it has tempered its idealistic aspirations with that canonical realist precept: the importance of limits. The European continent was pacified after centuries of conflict—itself an accomplishment sufficient to distinguish the age. It was also used to challenge German aspirations in the region. The diplomatic constellation of the July Crisis had already become visible. The important role of pro-colonial pressure groups can already be seen in the Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty of With the exception of the Russians, ruling liberal and conservative elites were increasingly influenced by vague forms of Social Darwinism. Most urgently, it required new institutions that would import into the international arena at least a modicum of the trust, habits of reciprocity, and rule of law that obtained in well-ordered national polities. They were convinced that countries would not risk destroying the global economic system. Participating states ceded only marginal elements of their sovereignty. Pro-colonial movements used a variety of arguments to promote national expansion. The realist George F. However, in these multilingual and multi-religious regions it was impossible to define territorial borders according to nationalities.

Whatever their limitations, for nearly three generations those institutions constituted the major pillars supporting a global economic expansion of unprecedented reach. Additionally, with the treaty partitioning the Portuguese colonies, the British allowed Germany to acquire territory in Africa at the cost of its traditional ally Portugal.

This article provides a single integrated narrative of the changing context of world politics, from the outbreak of World War I to the s. The Marshall Plan, announced incatalyzed the process that eventually yielded the European Union. However, even if informal and financial imperialism contributed to the worsening of relations between certain states during this first wave of globalization between the s andduring this period close economic ties and global financial networks were also created.

The United States possessed the only intact large-scale advanced industrial economy on the globe.

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