Whatever its origins american imperialism experienced its pinnacle from the late 1800s through the years following world war ii during this age of imperialism the united states exerted political social and economic control over countries such as the philippines cuba germany austria korea and japan. Frank ninkovichs the united states and imperialism is a major work of historical research and writing ninkovich takes on several of the most important topics in the history of us foreign relations with grace wit and deep understanding. When applied to the united states for instance economic imperialism manifests in the united states involvement in the middle east which is a lucrative source of oil and fossil fuels that the united states depends on for energy another example is the expansion overseas of companies like mcdonalds burger king and many clothing retailers. Imperialism the united states looks beyond its borders the practice of territorial expansion had been prominent in american thought and action from earliest colonial times this taking of lands from other nations or from native peoples was accomplished by both war and treaty
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