The Isthmian Highway

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The Isthmian Highway

By Hugh G. Miller
Macmillan, 1929
327 pp. $4.50
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The sanest and best-balanced account of the history of American policy in Latin America, written in scholarly fashion and well-documented, by a former Assistant United States Attorney. The book should be read as an antidote to the numerous anti-imperialistic writings on the subject that have appeared in the last few years. Miller takes up the Monroe Doctrine, its origin and the ideas that underlay it. The chief emphasis, however, is on the problem of the Canal, which the author approaches from the broader standpoint of an international question. The Clayton-Bulwer and the Hay-Pauncefote Treaties are discussed in great detail, and the relations of the United States with Nicaragua are studied in connection with the Canal problem. The writer makes out a good case for the American policy, though he does not hesitate to criticize where he thinks criticism is called for. The texts of the more important agreements bearing upon the subject are included in the appendices and should prove convenient to the general reader.

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