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ISOLATIONISM IS THE 20th-century term used to describe America's traditional noninvolvement in political and military affairs, particularly in Europe, as well as America's avoidance of entangling alliances, collective security commitments, and international organizations such as the League of Nations. Isolationists, those advocating unconditionally for a policy of isolationism, did not wish to alienate the United States from the rest of the world, nor did they oppose all American activity abroad. Rather, isolationists believed that the United States could lead the world much more effectively by building and sustaining democracy, freedom, and prosperity at home as opposed to diplomatic and military involvement in Europe. Moreover, isolationists favored building and maintaining military forces for the defense of the United States and opposed any attempt to police or ...

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