Dollar Diplomacy: A Study in American Imperialism

Dollar Diplomacy: A Study in American Imperialism

Dollar Diplomacy: A Study in American Imperialism

Dollar Diplomacy: A Study in American Imperialism

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"Dollar Diplomacy" was adopted as a title for this volume because it seemed to include, more completely than any other short phrase, the growth of United States economic interests abroad, and the diplomatic and military support accorded them by the Federal Government. No thorough study has been made of United States extra-territorial economic interests. United States state papers, with minor exceptions, have not been published since about 1915. Consequently, "Dollar Diplomacy" is not a History of American Imperialism, but a description of certain type cases in which United States economic and diplomatic interests have come into collision with the economic and political interests of certain "undeveloped" countries. These cases were picked, first, because they represented distinct phases in imperial development, and second, because sufficient first-hand material was available to make possible a reasonably competent study. The History of American Imperialism is still to be written.

The book has two chief purposes: first, to indicate how far the United States is following an imperial policy, and second, to suggest some of the outstanding characteristics of United States foreign policy.

The authors do not claim originality either for the ideas or for the material collected in this volume, but so far as they are aware, these data have not been assembled elsewhere in this form, and with this general purpose in mind. Where first- hand sources were available, they have been used. Acknowledgment is made for data taken from secondary sources. Complete references covering practically all footnotes appear in a bibliography at the end of the volume.

Scattered through the text are a number of maps and charts . . .

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