imperialism and ww1

imperialism and ww1

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  • The sinking of the USS Maine sparked the US's entrance into the Spanish-American war.
  • U: USS Maine
  • The Spanish American war was a war between the US and Spain over the independence of Cuba, which signaled the beginning of US imperialist policies.
  • S: Spanish American War
  • The US also forced China to open their ports to the rest of the world, showing increased imperialist practices.
  • O: Open Door Policy
  • C: Civilian Casualties
  • Then, after the Germans torpedoed a civilian ship with major casualties, the US entered WWI as a major player.
  • L: League of Nations
  • The US refused to join the League of Nations after the war because they wanted to stay out of European affairs after having large casualties in WWI.
  • N: Nationalism
  • The US also felt a strong sense of nationalism, which also led them to stay out of the League of Nations because of fears that it would cut their power.
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