Basic Documents of International Relations

Basic Documents of International Relations

Basic Documents of International Relations

Basic Documents of International Relations

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There is today a growing belief that the undergraduate student can gain both profit and perspective through contact with source materials. Of no study is this more true than international relations. Even the most conscientious synthesis of some of the documents included in this book fails to provide an adequate substitute for a firsthand acquaintance with the materials themselves. A reading of the documents provides an otherwise lacking third dimension to be added to the written word of the general textbook and the spoken word of the lecture. Nowhere, for example, can the student find such a simple yet thoroughgoing presentation of the procedure for the peaceful settlement of international disputes as is contained in the Hague Convention of 1907. Nowhere is the complexity of an alliance system so well and succinctly illustrated as in the various documents concerning pre-World War I alliances and alignments.

This collection of documents is not intended as a substitute for the general textbooks in international relations but is designed as a companion volume to be used in conjunction with them. The undergraduate student would find it difficult to understand the complex subject of international relations without the guidance of the general analytical text. General texts, however, are necessarily limited in the number of basic documents, and any presented are usually printed either in appendixes or compressed into footnotes in print so small as to discourage reading.

It is hoped that the present collection will prove of use in bringing together in one convenient volume the most basic documents of the field. Such a collection has been necessarily selective, and many documents which might well have . . .

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