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A World Safe for Capitalism

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A World Safe for Capitalism unravels a little-known incident: a Wall Street corporation's takeover of the foreign debt, natio... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

A World Safe for Capitalism unravels a little-known incident: a Wall Street corporation's takeover of the foreign debt, national railroad, and national bank of the Dominican Republic in the 1890s. Working with the republic's tyrannical president, the American firm tried to turn self-sufficient peasants into cash-crop farmers, with disastrous results. By 1904, the company's narrow pursuit of profit clashed with Theodore Roosevelt's goal of making the United States a great power, thus triggering a sweeping new policy-the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine. Praised by Diplomatic History as ",a model of globe-trotting multiarchival research,", this exciting history covers events in New York, Washington, Santo Domingo, Brussels, and London.

Autorentext

Cyrus Veeser



Klappentext

This award-winning book provides a unique window on how America began to intervene in world affairs. In exploring what might be called the prehistory of Dollar Diplomacy, Cyrus Veeser brings together developments in New York, Washington, Santo Domingo, Brussels, and London. Theodore Roosevelt plays a leading role in the story as do State Department officials, Caribbean rulers, Democratic party leaders, bankers, economists, international lawyers, sugar planters, and European bondholders, among others.

The book recounts a little-known incident: the takeover by the Santo Domingo Improvement Company (SDIC) of the foreign debt, national railroad, and national bank of the Dominican Republic. The inevitable conflict between private interest and public policy led President Roosevelt to launch a sweeping new policy that became known as the Roosevelt corollary to the Monroe Doctrine. The corollary gave the U. S. the right to intervene anywhere in Latin American that "wrongdoing or impotence" (in T. R.'s words) threatened "civilized society." The "wrongdoer" in this case was the SDIC. Imposing government control over corporations was launched and became a hallmark of domestic policy. By proposing an economic remedy to a political problem, the book anticipates policies embodied in the Marshall Plan, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.



Inhalt

Introduction Economic Interests and U.S. Expansion, 1892--1907
Chapter One The Gilded Age Goes Abroad: The San Domingo Improvement Company and the Political Economy of the 1890s
Chapter Two Remapping the Caribbean: U.S. Caribbean Interests and the Mission of the SDIC
Chapter Three Peasants in the World Economy: The Dominican Republic in the late 1800s
Chapter Four Dictating Development: Ulises Heureaux and the SDIC Remake the Dominican Republic
Chapter Five The Cash Nexus: Economic Crisis and the Collapse
Chapter Six Old Wine in New Skins: The U.S. Government Champions the SDIC, 1899--1904
Chapter Seven A Reign of Law Among Nations: John Bassett Moore and the Vindication of the SDIC, 1904
Chapter Eight A World Safe for Capitalism: Stabilizing the Dominican Republic, 1901--1905
Chapter Nine From The Gilded Age to Dollar Diplomacy: The SDIC and the Roosevelt Corollary, 1904--1907
Conclusion

Produktinformationen

Titel: A World Safe for Capitalism
Untertitel: Dollar Diplomacy and America's Rise to Global Power
Autor:
EAN: 9780231500944
ISBN: 978-0-231-50094-4
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Columbia University Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 190
Veröffentlichung: 14.08.2002
Jahr: 2005
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.7 MB