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America’s Overseas GarrisonsThe Leasehold Empire$
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Christopher T. Sandars

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296874

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296874.001.0001

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The Colonial Dimension

The Colonial Dimension

(p.20) 2 The Colonial Dimension
America’s Overseas Garrisons

C. T. Sandars

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the colonial dimension of the U.S.'s participation in World War II. Though the U.S. adopted an anti-colonial stance during the war, the death of President D. Roosevelt removed the leading American opponent to colonialism, whose hostility to the European overseas empires had never wavered. Roosevelt's successor Harry Truman took a more pragmatic attitude to European colonialism. The American ambiguity over colonialism increased after it began to face worldwide security responsibilities after the war and realized that its own territorial assets were limited compared with those still available to the colonial powers.

Keywords:   colonialism, U.S, World War II, President D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, European colonialism

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