The Neutrality Policy of the United States

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fruit in the international bitterness which has been accentuated by the depression, are making us realize sharply the danger of a new war. This is forcing us like all the other nations to consider what shall be our future policy in case such a new war looms up on the horizon. The present day revival of the discussion of neutrality arises directly out of the situation which is thus presented.


POSITION OF AMERICAN NEUTRALITY DURING THE WORLD WAR4

When the World war broke out in August, 1914, the United States at once fixed its relation to the belligerents thru a proclamation of neutrality. The days of the war, before our entry on the side of the allied powers in April, 1917, were marked with difficulties, both in preventing violations of out neutrality and in securing proper respect for our neutral rights. The rights and duties of neutrals were involved. Great Britain, early in the conflict, declared the North Sea to be a military area, notified neutrals of a directed routing, and gave warning against the planting of mines by the German government. The United States attempted to get the powers to agree to the rules of the Declaration of London of 1909 as regulating neutral rights and commerce during the war. Germany and Austria accepted, but Great Britain insisted on substantial modifications. Later the United States rested its claims on the existing rules of international law, and on treaties with the belligerent powers.

Since the German fleet was not in action, the leading violations of American neutral rights were committed

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From address "The Legal Position of War and Neutrality During the Last Twenty-Five Years," by Charles E. Martin, Professor of Political Science. University of Washington, Seattle. American Society of International Law. Proceedings. 1931. p. 161-4.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Introduction 3
  • Contents 5
  • Summary of the Arguments 9
  • Bibliography 39
  • Definitions 71
  • General Discussion 77
  • Historical Development of the Law Of Neutrality 77
  • Legal Position of Neutrality 82
  • Neutrality and War Prevention 85
  • Position of American Neutrality During the World War 89
  • Covenant of the League of Nations And Neutrality 94
  • Neutrality Policy of August 1935 104
  • American Policy 105
  • New Proposals 109
  • Price of Neutrality 118
  • Brief Excerpts 126
  • Affirmative Discussion 145
  • Neutral Policy for America 145
  • Mandatory Neutrality 152
  • Contraband and Neutral Trade 156
  • Future of Neutrality 162
  • Safeguards to Neutrality 167
  • Dragging America into War 174
  • American Neutrality 178
  • Propaganda Balance Sheet 180
  • Brief Excerpts 182
  • Negative Discussion 205
  • Cost of Peace 205
  • World Chaos Once More 213
  • Neutrality and International Organization 219
  • Is Neutrality Consistent With International Cooperation? 226
  • Neutrality and Neutral Rights Following the Pact Of Paris 231
  • Neutrality and War Prevention 238
  • Our Foreign Policy with Respect To Neutrality 241
  • Economics of Neutrality 243
  • Brief Excerpts 245
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