American Foreign Relations: Conduct and Policies

American Foreign Relations: Conduct and Policies

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American Foreign Relations: Conduct and Policies

American Foreign Relations: Conduct and Policies

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Despite its growing importance as a world power, the United States was still, at the outbreak of the Great War, largely self-centered and provincial. Speaking broadly, this condition no longer exists; notwithstanding a certain reaction against world policies, people are more interested today than ever before in all that concerns our foreign relations. Most of the books dealing with the foreign affairs of the country have treated the subject historically, and have, therefore, placed the emphasis on events, often presented in chronological sequence. The aim in the present work has been, rather, to discuss the subject from the standpoint of political science. Hence the treatment is topical rather than chronological; diplomatic events as such are introduced only incidentally to illustrate the principles and problems considered. Emphasis is placed upon the organization of the government for the conduct of foreign relations, the control exerted by its various branches therein, and the methods of procedure followed. To some extent these matters are regulated by the written constitution and laws. But they are also governed in part by unwritten "conventions." Accordingly, this book is a study in both constitutional law and constitutional practice, as affecting this phase of our governmental organization and activity. In this field, as in others, law and practice are slowly, but constantly, changing. Particular attention, therefore, is given to the important developments of the past few years, which have thrown much new light upon different phases of our foreign relations.

The present work is the outgrowth, in part, of an under-

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