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The Empire Trap: The Rise and Fall of U.S. Intervention to Protect American Property Overseas, 1893-2013

Noel Maurer


Throughout the twentieth century, the U.S. government willingly deployed power, hard and soft, to protect American investments all around the globe. Why did the United States get into the business of defending its citizens' property rights abroad? This book looks at how modern U.S. involvement in the empire business began, how American foreign policy became increasingly tied to the sway of private financial interests, and how postwar administrations finally extricated the United States from economic interventionism, even though the government had the will and power to continue. The book examin ... More

Keywords: U.S. government, American investments, property rights, American foreign policy, economic interventionism, American investors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691155821
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noel Maurer, author
Harvard Business School