Britain and the Assertion of American Hegemony in the Western Hemisphere, 1895–1914

  • Anne Orde


The last years of the nineteenth century and the first of the twentieth saw important changes in international politics. European rivalries reflected and were reflected in imperial activities in Africa and Asia. Japan emerged as a regional power in east Asia; the United States increasingly asserted power in the western hemisphere and began activity in the Pacific. Britain, as a power with literally world-wide interests, was affected by all the developments and had to make adjustments. Expansion in Africa was maintained at the cost of a difficult war. European affairs increasingly demanded involvement. An understanding on imperial matters, with European implications, was reached with France; relations with Russia were stabilized in Asia. In the Pacific, Britain formed an understanding with Japan and welcomed the arrival of American imperialism. And in North and Central America and the Caribbean, Britain, without abandoning any material interests, accepted the assertion of United States hegemony. From the British point of view this was one adjustment among others, but it had a distinctive flavour. Britain was not the only European country affected by American assertiveness, but from the American end, too, the British aspect had a flavour of its own.


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