U.S. Military Bases and Empire

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-053-10-2002-03_1

Keywords:

Imperialism

Abstract

Empires throughout human history have relied on foreign military bases to enforce their rule, and in this respect at least, Pax Americana is no different than Pax Romana or Pax Britannica. "The principal method by which Rome established her political supremacy in her world," wrote historian Arnold Toynbee in his America and the World Revolution (1962), was by taking her weaker neighbors under her wing and protecting them against her and their stronger neighbors. Rome's relation with these protégées of hers was a treaty relation. Juridically they retained their previous status of sovereign independence. The most that Rome asked of them in terms of territory was the cessation, here and there, of a patch of ground for the plantation of a Roman fortress to provide for the common security of Rome's allies and Rome herself.

Published

2002-03-01

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Review of the Month

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