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To gauge the United States as an Imperialistic government you have to first define several key parts of the question First of all what is Imperialism The dictionary defines it as the policy of extending a nations authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony over other nations which means that it is the practice of expansion and control whether through peaceable means or otherwise So to apply this to the United States would be saying that we are expanding our borders beyond that with which we started This is a difficult thing to gauge with the United States because since the very beginning of our history we have been a conquering nation an expanding empire Truthfully what did we start with We started with nothing and everything that has been gained thus far has been through the expelling of others most prominently the Indians The United States has been built on the territory of others since the time of the first colonists and we are still expanding now in the interests of oil and especially we are expanding into the Middle East Its a difficult thing to show unless one explains the path taken to the present point and to do so one must look at the history of Imperialism not only US Imperialism but the history of it in other countries as well For reference to Imperialism you could look to ancient Romans to the Indian Moguls to the Turkish Ottomans even to most of Europe at one time or another Smith 10 For our purposes it is best to find someone closer to home The English were at one point perhaps the most powerful nation in the history of the world About the time of the industrial revolution England underwent a great expansion With the new inventions like the steam engine and the railroad and most specifically the advancements in the mills and
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