Syllabus on International Relations

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d. Problem: how to secure adequate port facilities for landlocked states.

C. RAILWAYS.
References:--# Baker, II, ch. xlv. Pratt, Rise of Rail-Power in War and Conquest.
1. Importance of railways for international trade.
2. Control of most railways by nation through whose territory they pass.
3. Control of many railways in backward areas such as Turkey and China by concessionaire companies.
4. Provision of Versailles Treaty for transit of Allied commerce over German railways on same terms as German or other commerce; lack of reciprocity; similar terms for other defeated powers.
5. Problem: how to reconcile national control with international importance and utilization of railways.

D. AIR TRAFFIC.
References:--# Baker, ch. xlvi.
1. Probable future importance of commercial air traffic among nations.
2. Provision of Versailles Treaty for free air transit over Germany.
3. General convention of 1920 recognizing national sovereignty over air above each country, with free passage for innocent craft in peace.

E. TELEGRAPHIC, CABLE, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS.
References:--# Culbertson, 240-251. Baker, II, ch. xlvii. Foreign Affairs, Dec. 1922, pp. 144 ff.
1. Great importance for shipping and export business; for news business; for naval and military purposes.
2. British supremacy, with German competition, in international cable and wireless control before 1914; dependence of U. S. on British and German cables.
3. The peace settlement: unsuccessful American opposition to Allied confiscation of German cables; surrender of German cables to Allied and Associated Powers jointly; future status to be settled.
4. The Yap controversy (above, Part 3, XIII-F) as an instance of international rivalry.
5. Rivalry of powers for rights to land cables and erect wireless stations in China, etc.
6. Problem: probable future development of international control.

VIII. REVIEW AND DISCUSSION

A. VITAL SIGNIFICANCE OF ECONOMIC FACTORS IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL RELATIONS, AND OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL RELATIONS IN ECONOMIC LIFE.

B. CONFLICT BETWEEN SPIRIT OF INTENSE ECONOMIC NATIONALISM AND ACTUAL DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL INTERDEPENDENCE AND IN- TERNATIONAL REGULATION.

C. IMPORTANCE OF BRINGING FULL KNOWLEDGE OF FACTS TO SOLUTION OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC PROBLEMS.

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