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Department
Geography
Course
GGR254H1
Professor
Robert Lewis
Semester
Spring

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GGR254H Lecture Jan 16/13 America as Empire: • How was a set of relatively isolated spaces transformed into the most powerful nation in the  world? o Argument= transformation of an ‘isolated’ land into a minor colonial mercantile society  and then into the world’s most powerful economic, military and political power o America was not yet a nation, rather a large collection of individual groups of people   Not yet connected, not yet a super power  o Incorporation, 1492­1890  Integration into the world economy  European struggles over world supremacy  This is when the US developed into a nation state and integrated into the world  economy o Dynamic economic base (trade)  This would compete in the 19  cent. With GB, FR, DL, etc.  By linking through trade, US merchants were able to create a strong, large,  dynamic commercial economy  o Dynamic economic base (manufacturing)  US creates largest industrial base in the world o Political independence and building of a nation  Through revolution from GB  The creation of a political system, built on property, wealth, socio­economic  class, etc.   Key difference = US is a republic, not ruled by a monarch • Created US a nation on the world stage o Territorial expansion of occupied lands  Imperial expansion, to take over vast amount of land  Territory that did not really belong to them  o Immigration as population generator  Until 1800 US population was relatively small, but after it really took off.  o Internationalization (1840▯)  Political­military­economic globalization th • American rise to world dominance begins in the first half of the 19  
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