Turkey, the Great Powers, and the Bagdad Railway: A Study in Imperialism

Turkey, the Great Powers, and the Bagdad Railway: A Study in Imperialism

Turkey, the Great Powers, and the Bagdad Railway: A Study in Imperialism

Turkey, the Great Powers, and the Bagdad Railway: A Study in Imperialism

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The Chester concessions and the Anglo-American controversy regarding the Mesopotamian oilfields are but two conspicuous instances of the rapid development of American activity in the Near East. Turkey, already an important market for American goods, gives promise of becoming a valuable source of raw materials for American factories and a fertile field for the investment of American capital. Thus American religious interests in the Holy Land, American educational interests in Anatolia and Syria, and American humanitarian interests in Armenia, are now supplemented by substantial American economic interests in the natural resources of Asia Minor. Political stability and economic progress in Turkey no longer are matters of indifference to business men and politicians in the United States; therefore the Eastern Question--so often a cause of war--assumes a new importance to Americans. This book will have served a useful purpose if--in discussing the conflicting political, cultural, and economic policies of the Great Powers in the Near East during the past three decades--it contributes to a sympathetic understanding of a very complicated problem and suggests to the reader some dangers which American statesmanship would do well to avoid. Students of history and international relations will find in the story of the Bagdad Railway a laboratory full of rich materials for an analysis of modern economic imperialism and its far-reaching consequences.

The assistance of many persons who have been intimately associated with the Bagdad Railway has enabled . . .

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