Wee Loong Teoh
The Conspiracy behind American Diplomacy
19 February, 2014
In The Tragedy of American Diplomacy, William Appleman William has a wide scope since the beginning of the 19th century until 1957 and it was largely motivated by the "Open Door" policy, which eventually led to the alienation of the countries and ultimately created the Cold War. He takes an in-depth look at the "Open Door" policy as the basis for its foreign policy, especially how the policies affect other countries perception and action during the time of crisis. This paper will review William's main thesis and argument, and evaluate the quality of William's writing and focus on any area of weaknesses in the story.
One of William's main arguments in the book is the "Open Door" policy. The policy states that by maximizing America's market opportunities abroad, demand for goods of all types will increase. This will result in restoration in prosperity and the maintaining of capitalism.
However, this policy is considered as an abuse of the power of foreign policy by William. This is because the "Open Door" policy led to the indirect formation of "colonies" by influencing the economic and political of investment abroad. It is as Wilson said "Colonies must be obtained or planted, in order that no useful corner of the world may be overlooked or unused (72)". During that period, William has pointed out that there were a lot of people rooting on the idea of expansionist foreign policy. Wilson stated this when he won the nomination: The United States was an "expanding" nation. Our industries have expanded to such a point that they will burst their jackets if they cannot find a free outlet to the markets of the world (72)". This has caused many businesses to advance overseas and expanding...