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Which factor, self-interest or idealism, was more important in driving American foreign policy in the years 1895-1920?

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    For starters, it is realism and not self interest. Now that is aside, let me help you out.

    Foreign policy was, I believe, mainly realism for the United States. We know that the majority of the foreign policies were that of economic standard, and we know for a fact that we weren't trying to raise someone else's economy. We were trying to raise OURS. Also, foreign policy led us to imperialism(expanding), so that we could become a larger country. Lastly, our foreign policies led to treaties so we would have allies if we got in trouble.

    Hope I helped.

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    Thanks, you helped me out a lot :)

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    uhh Larry...what you said exactly describes "self-interest" haha and plus the prompt said nothing at all about REALISM it said IDEALISM with an "I"

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    i think what he meant was its realism and not self interest, meaning the term in the question is wrong. however realism and self interest are the same thing so there is no need to change the term. realism, or self interest, which ever you would prefer to call it, rather than idealism, drove American foreign policy in the years 1895-1920.

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    OK.SO IT WAS IDEALISM BECAUSE ....................................................................................................................
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    ....... . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . . .. . . . . .
    . . . . .. . . . . . FOREIGN POLICIES.

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