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America’s Global Moment: Italy Witnesses the Spanish-American War

Bahar Gürsel
  • Middle East Technical University, 06800 Ankara, Turkey
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Published Online: 2017-03-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ngs-2017-0007


The second half of the nineteenth century was a significant era for both the United States and the Kingdom of Italy during which both countries commenced to seek new ways of expansion. The United States, which was economically much stronger and technologically more developed, declared its rising hegemony by the end of the nineteenth century. Italy, which lacked the economic and social resources that the United States possessed, strived to become a colonial power until the first decades of the twentieth century. This review of some of the Italian primary sources about the Spanish-American War clarifies noteworthy aspects of imperialism–both American and Italian–within that global context.

Keywords: Italy; United States; imperialism; Spanish-American War

Published Online: 2017-03-14

Citation Information: New Global Studies. ISSN (Online) 1940-0004, ISSN (Print) 2194-6566, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ngs-2017-0007, March 2017

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