Though written in the form of a textbook, this work should be useful to all interested in international relations. The author, who has had wide official experience as an expert on commercial problems, attempts to get at some of the fundamental factors which condition international economic relations. He conceives them in the broadest possible sense, and discusses with admirable clarity geographic, social and political as well as legal and territorial factors. Perhaps the most noteworthy part is the examination of the industrial basis of foreign trade and the emphasis upon its effects on international economics. The latter part of the book is taken up with a discussion of international enterprises, world trusts, the exploitation of special areas, the interdependence of nations for raw materials, the problem of public and private control of essential materials and the question of world monopolies. Though it is difficult to give an adequate idea of the wide range of subjects dealt with in this volume, enough has been said to indicate its general importance.
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