The Stakes of Diplomacy

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H. Holt, 1915 - Diplomacy - 235 pages

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Page 71 - The business men who take up the local traffic in merchandising, litigation, church enterprise, and the like, commonly begin with some share in this real-estate speculation. This affords a common bond and a common ground of pecuniary interest, which commonly masquerades under the name of local patriotism, public spirit, civic pride, and the like. This pretense of public spirit is so consistently maintained that most of these men come presently to believe in their own professions on that head. Pecuniary...
Page 93 - It is essential to remember that what turns a territory into a diplomatic " problem " is the combination of natural resources, cheap labor, markets, defenselessness, corrupt and inefficient government. The desert of Sahara is no " problem " except where there are oases and trade routes. Switzerland is no " problem " for Switzerland is a highly organized modern state.
Page 130 - Conference of 1885 was called to discuss " freedom of commerce in the basin and mouths of the Congo ; application to the Congo and Niger of the principles adopted at the Congress of Vienna with a view to preserve freedom of navigation on certain international rivers . . . and a definition of formalities to be observed so that new occupations on the African coasts shall be deemed effective.

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