Theodore Roosevelt: A Biography

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Chapter IX
IMPERIAL YEARS

THE old sets could not be discarded as the inauguration was being held in 1905. Roosevelt was not finished with his rôle as the Conscience of Big Business and he was still to chastise the railroads and the Standard Oil Company. A vaster stage was being prepared, however. The President had already appeared, in a minor skit or two, with the other characters. This was his first full-length drama. Against such varied backgrounds as the Russo-Japanese War and turbulent Morocco, he would now tread the boards with Wilhelm II, with Edward VII, with Czar Nicholas; and with premiers, foreign ministers, and diplomats. He was to hear, only half recognizing it, the march of the armies that nine years later would engage in the most terrible of wars.

Roosevelt was not fully aware of all the forces behind the tangled diplomacy of Europe and the Far East. At times he undoubtedly jeopardized the safety of his own country. The extraordinary thing, however, is that he did so well. His motive was not primarily altruistic. He viewed the United States, with intelligence, as no longer isolated but a member of the family of nations. America's future would be profoundly affected were either Russia or Japan to become the undisputed master of the Pacific. And because the fate of the Far East rested with Europe, the destiny of the United States was concerned, too, with the relative strength of Germany, France, Russia, and England. Morocco on the Mediterranean, a country which scarcely existed in the consciousness of Americans, was a potential spark which might touch off the European explosion. Half a world lay between the hot and sandy country where the umbrella was the token of sovereignty,1 and the Far East. But Roosevelt saw the relationship, and his attempts to preserve the peace of the world concerned them both. Since the Far East was uppermost in his mind, it is more logical to examine the Russo-Japanese War first.

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Fay Sidney B., The Origins of the World War, Vol. I, p. 160.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Book I 1
  • Chapter I - Teedie 3
  • Chapter II - Growth 16
  • Chapter III - Thou Goddess, Indifference! 26
  • Chapter IV - Alice Lee 40
  • Chapter V - Butter and Jam 54
  • Chapter VI - I Rose like a Rocket 65
  • Chapter VII - Practical Politician 79
  • Chapter VIII - Gentleman Cowhand 92
  • Chapter IX - The Years Between 106
  • Chapter X - A Job Once More 120
  • Chapter XI - Sword of Righteousness 132
  • Chapter XII - The Nation in Peril 152
  • Chapter XIII - Lord of the Navy 165
  • Chapter XIV - A Bully Fight 181
  • Chapter XV - Reward for a Hero 201
  • Chapter XVI - Yearnings and Consummation 216
  • Book II 235
  • Chapter I - Middle of the Road 237
  • Chapter II - The First Attack 251
  • Chapter III - The Rights of Labor 264
  • Chapter IV - The Big Stick 279
  • Chapter V - Setting for a Melodrama 301
  • Chapter VI - I Took Panama 315
  • Chapter VII - Trimming Sail 339
  • Chapter VIII - The Imperial Years Begin 359
  • Chapter IX - Imperial Years 372
  • Chapter X - The Japanese Menace 398
  • Chapter XI - Malefactors of Great Wealth 413
  • Chapter XII - The Wicked Speculators 432
  • Chaper XIII - Substantial Justice 446
  • Chapter XIV - Handing Down the Law 465
  • Chapter XV - End of the Reign 476
  • Book III 495
  • Chapter I - The First Error 497
  • Chapter II - Among the Kings 508
  • Chapter III - Return Triumphant 525
  • Chapter IV - True Democracy 540
  • Chapter V - Battling for the Lord 553
  • Chapter VI - Drums of War 572
  • Chapter VII - The Final Blow 589
  • Appendix 605
  • Bibliography 607
  • Index 613
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