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Chapter Eighteen. Anglo-American Partnership: The Foundation of Theodore Roosevelt's Foreign Policy

William N. Tilchin


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A principal focus of my historical writing since the 1990s has been to illuminate the central role of Anglo-American relations in the statecraft of President Theodore Roosevelt. Drawing on the work of other historians – most notably David H. Burton – and on my own primary research, I have concluded that it is impossible truly to comprehend Rooseveltian diplomacy without an understanding of the great importance Roosevelt attached to building and sustaining a partnership between Great Britain and the United States. Throughout his presidency, Roosevelt's foreign policy was guided, in essence, by three core principles: broadly conceived US interests, the strengthening of the US Navy, and close cooperation between Britain and America on a wide range of issues. These three overlapping principles should be viewed as parts of an integrated whole, for each was linked inseparably to the other two. President Roosevelt's worldview drove his determined pursuit of a strong, durable Anglo-American friendship. In a marked departure from a long-entrenched US tradition, Roosevelt considered it not merely fruitless but also harmful to US interests to try to shield the United States from major overseas developments. Fully aware of the horrors and the unpredictable consequences of war, TR considered it his moral obligation to do all that he realistically could to avert or to halt unnecessary great-power ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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