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The Path of Empire - A Chronicle of
the United States as a World Power

Carl Russell Fish


CHAPTER I. The Monroe Doctrine
CHAPTER II. Controversies With Great Britain
CHAPTER III. Alaska And Its Problems
CHAPTER IV. Blaine And Pan-Americanism
CHAPTER V. The United States And The Pacific
CHAPTER VI. Venezuela
CHAPTER VII. The Outbreak Of The War With Spain
CHAPTER VIII. Dewey And Manila Day
CHAPTER IX. The Blockade Of Cuba
CHAPTER X. The Preparation Of The Army
CHAPTER XI. The Campaign Of Santiago De Cuba
CHAPTER XII. The Close Of The War
CHAPTER XIII. A Peace Which Meant War
CHAPTER XIV. The Open Door
CHAPTER XV. The Panama Canal
CHAPTER XVI. Problems Of The Caribbean
CHAPTER XVII. World Relationships




CHAPTER I. The Monroe Doctrine


In 1815 the world found peace after twenty-two years of continual war. In the forests of Canada and the
pampas of South America, throughout all the countries of Europe, over the plains of Russia and the hills

of Palestine, men and women had known what war was and had prayed that its horrors might never

return. In even the most autocratic states subjects and rulers were for once of one mind: in the future war

must be prevented. To secure peace forever was the earnest desire of two statesmen so strongly

contrasted as the impressionable Czar Alexander I of Russia, acclaimed as the "White Angel" and the

"Universal Savior," and Prince Metternich, the real ruler of Austria, the spider who was for the next

thirty years to spin the web of European secret diplomacy. While the Czar invited all governments to

unite in a "Holy Alliance" to prevent war, Metternich for the same purpose formed the less holy but more

powerful "Quadruple Alliance" of Russia, Prussia, Austria, and England.

The designs of Metternich, however, went far beyond the mere prevention of war. To his mind the cause
of all the upheavals which had convulsed Europe was the spirit of liberty bred in France in the days of

the Revolution; if order was to be restored, there must be a return to the former autocratic principle of

government, to the doctrine of "Divine Right"; it was for kings and emperors to command; it was the

duty of subjects to obey. These principles had not, it was true, preserved peace in the past, but Metternich


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