Alliances and WWII

U.S. foreign policy before the relative turn of the 20th century was rather non-existent.The desire of the new country was to develop individually and become strong.They saw other nations as a threat considering the British and French colonization and the fight for independence.The Monroe Doctrine was enacted to stave off the rest of the world, specifying that they had no business in the Western Hemisphere.During the Civil War, the South wanted assistance by Britain and France.The North saw this to be ignorant and a major threat, if granted, considering the past (McDougall, 97.)Even through the beginning of the 20th century, the U.S. remained isolated as much as international conflict would permit.With the growing struggles for power and the U.S.'s general amiability for democracy and tyrannical suppression, they began to ally.After World War II they developed international organizations such as the United Nations, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization,) and SEATO (Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.)Current politics affect the U.S.'s less than steady amount of involvement in these organizations.The U.S. generally enters alliances to balance others gaining too much power.It sees its current unipolar status is a fine thing that it is intent on retaining, though methods in so doing vary.
Alliances with other countries were avoided in thefirst part of the century but later became necessary.The U.S. preferred to remain unilateral to avoid "entangling" themselves with other countries.Wilson remained out of the World War I conflict until it directly affected the U.S.He claimed it was an old world quarrel.Intervention came only when Germany began sinking U.S. ships.After World War I, the U.S. wanted to keep peace and punish Germany, but didn't expect unrealistic reparations.Wilson thought the Treaty of Versailles was unrealistic.According to Walter A. McDougall, in Promised…

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