Syllabus on International Relations

By Parker Thomas Moon; Institute of International Education (New York, N.Y.) | Go to book overview
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a. The negro minority.
i. Contrast between European policy of political discrimination against minorities, and American policy as expressed in Fifteenth Amendment.
ii. Discrimination against negro minority in practice.
iii. Increase of race antagonism after Great War.
b. Minorities of European descent.
i. Pre-war policy of permitting immigration with slight restrictions; tolerance of foreign languages; religious freedom with only sporadic outbreaks of hostility toward religious minorities; unique success in assimilating European immigrants and winning their loyalty; contrast with failure of Prussianization, Russification, etc.
ii. Agitation against hyphenated Americans during Great War.
iii. Agitation for "Americanization" since the Great War.
iv. Restriction of immigration; Immigration Laws of 1921 and 1924.
v. Discussion of this reversal of American policy.
c. Asiatic minorities.
i. Chinese Exclusion Act.
ii. Virtual exclusion of Japanese by Gentlemen's Agreement.
iii. Abrogation of Gentlemen's Agreement by immigration law of 1924.
iv. The Japanese in California. Number.

California land and school laws discriminating against Japanese.

Effect of anti-Japanese agitation on relations between Japan and the United States.

2. Discussion of "Americanization," and of such movements as Ku Klux Klan, in light of European experience.

Note:--The most important topics mentioned below are to be considered in detail elsewhere in the course. They are brought together here to give a bird's-eye view of the relation between nationalism and international conflicts.
1. War of Dutch Independence.
2. War of American Independence.
3. Irish revolt of 1782.
4. Peninsular War of Portugal and Spain (aided by England) against Napoleon.
5. German "War of Liberation" against Napoleon.
6. Greek War of Independence.
7. Belgian War of Independence, 1830.
8. The Italian wars of independence, from time of Metternich to 1866.
9. Revolutions during and after Great War of 1914.


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