Syllabus on International Relations

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c. American policy regarding oil, railway and harbor concessions in Colombia.
9. Venezuela.
a. Cleveland and the boundary dispute between Venezuela and British Guiana, 1895.
b. Roosevelt and the Venezuelan debt crisis, 1903.
c. Oil and mining interests.
d. Instability of government.

E. Discussion.
1. The case for American imperialism in Mexico and the Caribbean region.
a. Economic.
i. Predominance of American over other foreign commercial interests.
ii. Large American investments in plantations, mines, oil wells, industries, and government loans.
iii. Tendency of private interests to demand governmental protection, to prevent damage to property in revolutions, or to obtain favorable conditions for business.
iv. Difficulty of economic development without some form of foreign control to prevent disorders.
b. Strategic.
i. Desire to control naval bases near Panama Canal.
ii. Desire for naval control of Caribbean.
c. Humanitarian.
i. Wilson's idea of teaching Latin-Americans self- government.
ii. Sanitary work in American dependencies.
iii. Lack of education for masses in Caribbean countries.
2. The case against American imperialism.
a. Imperialist interventions contrary to American principles of government.
b. Economic and other disadvantages of antagonizing larger Latin American nations.
c. Tendency of Europeans to regard U. S. as "hypocritical."
d. Argument that sanitary and other improvements are outweighed by cost of interventions, brutality to natives, etc.
e. Argument that imperialism is caused by selfish private interests.
f. Indignation of negroes in U. S. at intervention in Haiti and Dominican Republic.
g. General arguments, below, XVIII.

XV. REVIEW OF COLONIAL POLICIES AND POSSESSIONS
OF THE CHIEF IMPERIALIST NATIONS

General References:--(Moon, ch. xvii). * Bowman, chs. 32-3. P. Reinsch , Colonial Administration and Colonial Government. U. S. Tariff Commission, Colonial Tariff Policies, ch. i. A. Ireland, Tropical Colonization and The Far Eastern Tropics. C. H. Stigand, Administration in Tropical Africa. Leroy-Beaulieu, livre deuxième, ch. iii. Verlane, LaMéthode de colonisation

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