One Hundred Years of the Monroe Doctrine, 1823-1923

One Hundred Years of the Monroe Doctrine, 1823-1923

One Hundred Years of the Monroe Doctrine, 1823-1923

One Hundred Years of the Monroe Doctrine, 1823-1923

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Nothing connected with the foreign policy of the United States has secured and maintained a stronger hold on the popular imagination than the Monroe Doctrine, yet comparatively few know what that "doctrine" really is. Perhaps this is sufficient justification for the publication of another book on the subject at this particular time, the one hundredth anniversary of its announcement. Another justification is found in the increasing importance of our foreign relations and the continuing hold which the Monroe Doctrine has upon the center of the stage in the carrying out of our foreign policy. One will not miss the truth far when he says that it always has been and "always will be" the heart and soul of that policy.

The so-called Monroe "doctrine" was announced simply as the policy of the Monroe Administration. At first it was sometimes referred to as Monroe's "pronouncement," sometimes simply as the "principles" in the message of December 2, 1823. Just when it was first referred to as a "doctrine" the writer has not been able to determine, but that expression has become crystallized and that, rather than "policy," is used throughout this book. While those who announced the doctrine put it forth as the policy of that administration and doubtless had no thought of the transcendent importance of the announcement to future generations, they at least consciously built it upon a historical . . .

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