The Expansionist Policies of the Ancient Roman and United States Republics: Military Imperialism

By Valentine J. Belfiglio.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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This paper explores international military imperialism through the theory of classical realism. The aim is to better understand military imperialism in the 21st century. Examples of military imperialism in the 21st century include: Russian military aggression in the Ukraine (2014-2015), Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, and ISIL’s establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in Syrian and Iraqi territory on June 19, 2014. The study involves longitudinal case studies and empirical analysis of the ancient Roman and United States Republics. Rome and the United States were selected because both were superpowers, republics and part of Western Civilization. By comparing ancient and modern imperialism it is possible to compare and contrast two eras to learn in what ways the aims of military imperialism changes or remains relatively constant. The conclusion will provide lessons about military imperialism and offer an alternative ideal through democratic peace theory and world federalism.

Keywords: Military Imperialism, United States Republic, Roman Republic

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.39-49. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 15, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 540.639KB)).

Prof. Valentine J. Belfiglio

Professor, Department of History and Government, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, USA