Selected Articles on the Enlargement of the United States Navy

Selected Articles on the Enlargement of the United States Navy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...ourselves included, have a share. Through these causes Central and Caribbean America, now intrinsically unimportant, are in turn brought into great prominence, as constituting the gateway between the Atlantic and Pacific when the Isthmian canal shall have been made, and as guarding the approaches to it. The appearance of Japan as a great ambitious state, resting on solid political and military foundations, but which has scarcely yet reached a condition of equilibrium in international standing, has fairly startled the world; and it is a striking illustration of the somewhat sudden nearness and unforeseen relations into which modern states are brought that the Hawaiian Islands, so interesting from the international point of view to the countries of European civilization, are largely occupied by Japanese and Chinese. In all these questions we have a stake, reluctantly it may be, but necessarily, for our evident interests are involved, in some instances directly, in others by very probable implication. Whether it be optimistic or pessimistic so to think, the opinion that we can indefinitely keep clear of embarrassing problems is hardly tenable; while war between two foreign states, which under the uncertainties of the international situation throughout the world may at any time break out, will greatly increase the occasions of possible collision with the belligerent countries, and the consequent perplexities of our statesmen seeking to avoid entanglement and maintain neutrality. Although peace is not only the avowed but for the most part the actual desire of European governments, they profess no such aversion to distant political enterprises and colonial acquisitions as we by tradition have learned to do. On the contrary, their committal to such...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236601009
  • 9781236601001