International Economic Relations: A Treatise on World Economy and World Politics

International Economic Relations: A Treatise on World Economy and World Politics

International Economic Relations: A Treatise on World Economy and World Politics

International Economic Relations: A Treatise on World Economy and World Politics

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At a time when international relations in general, and their economic aspects in particular, are increasingly recognized as of growing complexity and significance, it is important to undertake their study, not simply on the one hand as a series of isolated political, diplomatic, and historical incidents nor on the other hand solely as matters of international trade, shipping, and finance, but rather by analysis of the fundamental politico-economic structure which so largely creates their commercial processes and so frequently determines, directly or indirectly, their public policies.

This general object of the present volume, together with its particular purposes, viewpoint, scope, and methods, may be more fully explained in the following paragraphs.

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The work deals with basic factors and with a primary national and international order, together with the principles, processes, problems, and policies of that order. It was originally undertaken as a treatment of the entire field of international economic relations, especially because, in spite of many works on certain aspects of those relations and some fragmentary literature on other phases, there appears to exist no such complete treatment coördinating the field. As the plan developed it became apparent, not only that this would require more than one volume, but that there would be defi-

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