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Realpolitik: American foreign policy under Washington, Adams, and Jefferson was aimed at threading the needle between England and France, avoiding European entanglements. Getting involved in Haiti would have angered at least one of them. Better to sit back and let the European empires expend their own resources. Also, intervention would have been ...


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Ridley's argument as presented above is very simplistic. Fragmentation may sometimes lead to prosperity, but only if a number of other conditions are fulfilled. To my mind, these other conditions are more important and more interesting than the number of countries in the world, which seems incidental and arbitrary. Does Ridley think more fragmentation is ...


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Pay huge amounts of money to invade some other country where there were no Americans. Huh? You are applying 2015 morals to 1800 America. In 1804, we did not have thousands of helicopters and ships with millions of tons of fuel just lying around and trillion dollar budgets for invading random countries. In 1804, the United States Navy only had 3 ships (USS ...


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Based on that argument, the 57 countries comprising Africa should be more prosperous than they are. The division of Germany into East Germany & West Germany after World War II didn't make East Germany prosperous as West Germany became, prior to reunification of the two Germanies and likewise for North Korea after the division of Korea following the ...


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Several counterexamples to this general statement can be given. Spanish colonies in Central and South America are divided, and they are less advanced than the United States which united. Roman empire in the first 2 centuries AD was the largest united state in the world, and also the most advanced.


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The USA was not a global or even regional power during the time the Haitian Revolution took place. Another factor to take into account is that things simply got out of control in Haiti. France had the most powerful army of Europe and possibly the world and they lost to revolting slaves. Even though most of the French soldiers died from mosquito-borne ...



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