TEDDY ROOSEVELT is known for his vigorous lifestyle which he adopted to offset his youthful infirmities and physical weaknesses. He kept up a fast pace and traveled around the world, hunting and shooting his way, and took up jiu-jitsu, single stick, boxing and wrestling, among other similar activities. He wrote books also, many of which, if not most, are forgotten or neglected, and which offer some insights into the man.
BIOGRAPHIES abound on him, of course, and it seems likely that more aspects of this American President will be done in years to come. His life is important because it reveals a number of things that led to certain national policies as well as problems and again, on an international/global scale problems that are still with the United States that seem to have originated with him, which have been minimized by public admiration of him and a 'manufactured' image that he, himself, created much in the same way many entertainers and actors do today.
By and large AMERICAN IMPERIALISM, which began with THEODORE 'TEDDY' ROOSEVELT and those who admired and supported him in various ways, influenced JAPANESE IMPERIALISM at the very least.
RACIAL THEORIES, especially those that suggested Caucasians and thereby, Aryans, were, along with the Nordic, Teutonic, and related tribes, were SUPERIOR and that other races were inferior appealed to Roosevelt and a good many others in his day and some continue to the very present. The consequences on AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICIES, and also domestic, were enormous at the time and still are being felt this very day.
The various racial and ethnic beliefs of the time, bolstered by Darwinian Evolutionary Theories and
related notions also influenced Hitler and other dictators in their quest for power, of course, but it the influence that Roosevelt had on the Japanese and its quest for EMPIRE that needs to be discussed.
It probably has never occurred to most persons that the Japanese are 'HONORARY ARYANS'!
But this was the case when Teddy Roosevelt became enarmoured with the Japanese and their SAMURAI CULTURE and BUSHIDO NOTIONS that led, of course, eventually to WORLD WAR II.
Unlike the CHINESE whose Nation was labeled as 'THE SICK MAN OF ASIA' or 'THE SICK MAN OF CHINA', a weak and invalid nation whose people served at the time as cheap labor for Americans in their push to 'tame the West' and 'civilize the 'REDSKINS' or 'INJUNS'.
THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR led to the growth of AMERICAN EXPANSION AND IMPERIALISM and also gave TEDDY ROOSEVELT some of the status he craved in the world
of power and politics and also that others craved from themselves and the Nation.
The notion that wars lead to a better life, a better civilization, and progress has long captured the attention of many in the world and Teddy Roosevelt was one who held this belief honed and sharpened to appeal to others who admired him, no doubt.
Although he won THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, he actually condoned JAPANESE AGRESSION IN ASIA a fact many have overlooked in their obvious 'patriotisms' since then. Few know and realize that PROBLEMS IN KOREA TODAY STEM FROM CERTAIN THINGS THAT TEDDY ROOSEVELT DID OR ALLOWED TO HAPPEN AND ENCOURAGED.
After reading NITOBE'S BUSHIDO and learning the subtlety of Japanese deceptiveness from his mentors, he began to find more enchantment in Japanese affairs.
Today, we see 'THE CODE OF THE SAMURAI permeating the culture of THE UNITED STATES as many seek to emulate, study, and practice such, forgetting the lessons of WORLD WAR TWO, the KOREAN.WAR, and VIETNAM.
The policies and practices used in gaining and controlling the PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO & HAWAII along with other possessions long forgotten by most in the US, carried over into other approaches of foreign policy and are still operating today, though in a slightly different manner and