The late 19th ”“ early 20th century was characterized by the spread of imperialism in the world. The US was the country which made the policy of expansionism the major goal of its development. In fact, expansionism was not probably the main goal but it was rather the effect of the US ambitions. To put it more precisely, the late 19th ”“ early 20th century was characterized by numerous efforts of the US to expand its political and economic influences on other countries of the world. Naturally, in such a situation, neighboring countries became affected by the US imperialism.
At the same time, it is necessary to underline that the policy of expansionism was the response of the US to the increasing influence of other countries of the world. Also, the national economic progressed. In actuality, the economic growth of the US could make the country the regional leader and so it became. The policy of expansion was the only really effective strategy that could help the country to remain among the leading nations in the world international relations of the late 19th ”“ early 20th century. Naturally, the US used all possible economic and political means to achieve their goals and increase their influence in American continent and in the world at large. This policy of expansionism, based on the use of economic and political influence of the US on other countries, determined the future of American international relations and its imperialist international policy. Moreover, the effects of this policy are still obvious and some elements of American imperialism are still widely applied in the foreign policy of the US.
Consequently, the current policy of the US is determined by its imperialistic development in the late 19th ”“ early 20th century.