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American EmpireRoosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization$
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Neil Smith

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230279

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230279.001.0001

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The Inquiry: Geography and a “Scientific Peace”

The Inquiry: Geography and a “Scientific Peace”

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American Empire

Neil Smith

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the role of geography in the foreign relations of the United States during World War I. It introduces the Inquiry, a specialized organization that was established by President Woodrow Wilson. Its significance in the history of U.S. foreign relations is studied. The discussion then shows how a “scientific” approach was combined with a global purview; this marked the founding of the first significant think tank in U.S. foreign relations. The chapter also examines the shared interests between the State Department and the American Geographical Society.

Keywords:   geography, foreign relations, Inquiry, President Woodrow Wilson, scientific approach, global purview, think tank

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