Thierry-Etienne-Joseph-Rotty: How did US became military and economical superpower it is today?
How did US became military and economical superpower it is today?
Two World Wars that crippled the European Powers.
The US has to import resources from Africa and South America to keep its economy going.
Africa was mainly colonized, the South American mining industries were controlled by Europeans.
So Europeans could easily keep Americans down when it came to industrial production, which of course they did. High-grade steel had to be imported for example.
In both World Wars however, the German submarine warfare forced Europeans to invest in US industry as convoys heading towards the US were harder to attack for the German submarines. Of course, European powers now opened up the resources of Africa and South America at fair prices.
After World War One, the US thusly had limited access to resources at fair prices and the many European countries were broke. On top of that a substantial part of the European Merchant had been lost, a vacuum that the US could fill in.
World War Two was just a repeat of World War One but on a larger scale.