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United States of America

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Author(s): Davis, Derek H. | Poirier, Lisa J.M. | Hart, Darryl G. | Wilhelm, Cornelia
[German Version] I. Geopolitical Problematics, Concept and Idea From its beginnings in the late 18th century, the United States has possessed a deeply rooted Christian heritage that has profoundly influenced its political development (see also America, North America). America’s sense of being a “chosen nation” with a “manifest destiny” has helped it to promote the idea of freedom at home and abroad and to become a world power. Religious rhetoric has often been used as an effective tool for justifying go…