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Why is the Monroe Doctrine significant?

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The Monroe Doctrine was a very significant historical event. It was fundamental to America establishing itself as a superpower. Basically, America said that it was superior to other countries and ready to act on its beliefs whenever it was needed. This was a new idea.

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I agree with other editors in that, although it may have initially helped the US to justify is isolationist stance with Europe, the Monro Doctrine then was used to actually give it justification to become involved in greater foreign intervention. It was a Doctrine that helped create the era of the United States considering itself a benevolent superpower helping less developed countries in times of need by foreign intervention.

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Over the years the Monroe Doctrine has become the "hall pass" so to speak allowing the United States to intervene where they feel there is a possible threat to the Democratic government of any country in the Western Hemisphere. Under Theodore Roosevelt the Roosevelt Corollary was added to the...

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