American Policy of Recognition towards Mexico

American Policy of Recognition towards Mexico

American Policy of Recognition towards Mexico

American Policy of Recognition towards Mexico

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The author first intended to write his dissertation upon the subject of the American Recognition Policy towards Central and South American States. Such a work soon proved too extensive, and as a result it was deemed advisable to limit the scope of the study to one particular country, namely, Mexico.

No attempt is made to give an account of the diplomatic relations between the United States and Mexico from 1822 to the present date. On the other hand, an effort is made to analyze each instance in which the United States discussed the granting of recognition to a new Mexican government and to determine, if possible, the basis upon which such recognition was given or withheld. An attempt is made to determine if the United States has followed towards Mexico what might be termed a policy of recognition, and, if so, how such a policy conforms to our general recognition policy. With the exception of the first chapter, in which recognition is discussed in general, and the second chapter, where the recognition of Mexico as a new state is treated, this study deals only with the recognition of new governments.

In the preparation of this work the author has made use of a great mass of printed diplomatic documents, the correspondence between the American Ministers in Mexico and the Secretaries of State down to 1906, as well as numerous memoirs and biographies of the chief participants of the period. Since 1906, because the archives of the State Department are not yet open, greater use has been made of contemporary periodicals and newspapers. Particular attention has been given to Chapters III and IV, in which the recognition of the Juarez government and the Diaz government has been treated respectively. As far as the author knows, this is the first time the State Department has been used in obtaining material for the treatment of these two governments.

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