The Great Powers in World Politics: International Relations and Economic Nationalism

The Great Powers in World Politics: International Relations and Economic Nationalism

The Great Powers in World Politics: International Relations and Economic Nationalism

The Great Powers in World Politics: International Relations and Economic Nationalism

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This text undertakes the study of international relations from a new vantage point. Instead of approaching the contemporary situation by means of an extended survey of the historical background the authors focus attention upon the present national policies of the great powers whose influence is dominating in international relations. These national policies they seek to interpret in the light of their basic factors, economic, ethnic, geographic, and historic.

The fundamental objective is thus to resolve the Present into its essential elements, both current and past. This departure from the more conventional type of treatment is, moreover, demanded not merely because of its pedagogical advantages but also by reason of its practical merits at a moment when so many aspects of the subject itself have hitherto been slighted or still remain uninterpreted.

The years which have elapsed since the onset of the Great Depression have witnessed a swift and striking transformation in the nature of the problem of world peace. For the old questions of nationality which dominated the Paris Peace Conference there have been substituted economic issues that have today become all- important. And whereas the old questions were exclusively European in their bearing, the new issues are world-wide in their implications.

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