The United States Of The World War I

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Throughout human history, there has always been a nation that has stood head and shoulders above the rest. From the Roman Empire of the ancient world, to the British Empire of the modern era, empires have risen and fallen. The United States of America, it seems, is the modern day equivalent of these empires—being the most powerful and influential nation on Earth—but how did America compare internationally during the Second World War to now? Prior to the Japanese Bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. had an army that ranked 19th in the world: an army smaller than that of Portugal! (3) Today the U.S. has an army that is by far the greatest in the world. This, however, is only the tip of the iceberg when investigating how the U.S. was seen, and how it competed differently and similarly, in the early days of World War Two and 2016. Strength can be evaluated in many different ways: from economic power, to militaristic prowess, to influence in foreign countries. Today, America seems to be the most powerful nation on Earth when all of these categories are taken into account. The economy of the United States is so strong, that it’s GDP accounts for 22.44% of the gross world product. The U.S. economy is worth 17.41 trillion dollars: trillions of dollars more than the world’s second most powerful economy: China. Outside of the U.S, seven sovereign nations (such as Ecuador, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe) use the U.S. dollar as their official currency (8), demonstrating the

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