Wwi notes Becoming a World Power



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Taft: Dollar Diplomacy

- “Substitute dollars for bullets” - Taft wanted to limit the military’s involvement

- Ended up needing military support in Honduras & Nicaragua

- Taft gained more investment opportunities for the US in China

- Tried to “neutralize” Chinese industry, but this backfired = closed door in China

Wilson: Moralism & Realism

- Wilson felt foreign investments & industrial exports = keys to national prosperity

- Remove trade barriers

- Mexican Revolution (1911) brings fear to US investors of democratic leader F. Madero

- Madero murdered & militarist govt. takes over

- US supports nationalists & invade

- Carranza (nationalist) takes over govt.

-“Pancho” Villa attempts to overthrow govt but fails; wants to get US into Mexican war

- US attempts to capture him after raids into the US

- Attempts fail



The Great War

- Both sides predicted a quick victory

- Americans entered the war reluctantly, and played a supportive role




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