Syllabus on International Relations

By Parker Thomas Moon; Institute of International Education (New York, N.Y.) | Go to book overview
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1. Historic background--Monroe Doctrine.
2. Material basis--preëminence of the United States in population, wealth and power, among American nations.
3. Blaine's Pan-Americanism and the Pan-American Conference.
4. United States as mediator in Hispanic-American disputes.

1. Effect of westward expansion to California.
2. U. S. and the opening of Japan, China, and Korea.
3. Interests in Samoa.
4. Interests in Hawaii.
5. Seal fisheries and the Behring Sea.

1. The Civil War as a test of national unity and a triumph of nationalism.
2. Rapid economic development after Civil War as a preparation for greater participation in world affairs.
a. Importance of agricultural exports to Europe.
b. The "second industrial revolution" in the U. S. and growth of commercial rivalry.
c. American tariff protectionism and its effect on Europe (compare Part 8).
d. Financial dependence on European capital, but rapid development of American capitalism, presaging financial independence and expansion.
3. Rapid growth of population, due partly to extensive European immigration, gradually increasing importance of United States.

References:-- * Gooch, ch. v. * C. A. Beard, Cross Currents, 12-22. * World Peace Foundation, The Background of the War, 192-7, 224-225j. * Mowatt, 250-4. * Marriott, ch. vi. Korff, Russia's Foreign Relations, ch. I. # Anderson and Hershey, 197-201. France, Livre jaune, L'Alliance Franco-Russe. B. Schmitt, "Triple Alliance and Triple Entente", Amer. Hist. Rev., Apr. 1924. H. Welschinger, L'Alliance franco-russe. Daudet, Histoire diplomatique de l'alliance, franco-russe. Debidour, I, chs. v-vii. Tardieu, France and the Alliances. Stuart, French Foreign Policy. Bourgeois and Pagès, 238-90. J. J. Hansen, L'Alliance franco-russe. Die Grosse Politik, VI, ch. 39; VII, ch. 48.
1. Isolation of France during Bismarck's régime.
2. Obstacles to an alliance between France and Russia.
a. Apparent irreconcilability of French republicanism and conservative Russian autocracy.
b. Friendship between Russian and German emperors, despite some distrust and friction.
3. Reasons for Russian inclination toward French alliance in late 1880's.


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