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US 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 US remained isolated as much as international conflict would permit With the growing struggles for power and the USs 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 USs less than steady amount of involvement in these organizations The US 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 the first part of the century but later became necessary The US 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 US He claimed it was an old world quarrel Intervention came only when Germany began sinking US ships After World War I the US wanted to keep peace and punish Germany but didnt expect unrealistic reparations Wilson thought the Treaty of Versailles was unrealistic According to Walter A McDougall in Promised Land Crusader State Wilson blamed World War I on European alliance systems because there could be no lasting peace until
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