Colombia and World War I

Colombia and World War I

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In the horrific conflict of 1914a€“1918 known first as a€œThe Great Wara€ and later as World War I, Latin American nations were peripheral players. Only after the U.S. entered the fighting in 1917 did eight of the twenty republics declare war. Five others broke diplomatic relations with Germany, while seven maintained strict neutrality. These diplomatic stances, even those of the two actual belligerentsa€”Brazil and Cubaa€”did little to tip the balance of victory in favor of the allies, and perhaps that explains why historians have paid scant attention to events in Latin America related to the war. Nevertheless, it is still remarkable that Percy Alvin Martina€™s classic account, Latin American and the War, first published in 1925, remains the standard text on the topic. This book attempts to redress this gap by taking a fresh look at developments between 1914 and 1921 in one of the neutral nationsa€”Colombia. This period, which coincides with the presidency of JosAc Vicente Concha (1914a€“1918) and his successor, Marco Fidel SuAirez (1918a€“1921), is filled with momentous developments not only in foreign policy, when Colombian diplomats pressured by German, British and U.S. propaganda struggled to maintain strict neutrality, but also on the domestic scene as the newly installed Conservative regime faced political and economic crises that sparked numerous and violent protests. Rausch's examination of the administrations of Concha and SuAirez supports Martina€™s assertion that even those countries neutral in the Great War were not immune from its effects.The Experience of a Neutral Latin American Nation during the Great War and Its Aftermath, 1914a€“1921 Jane M. Rausch ... In one essay entitled, a€œWhy a SpanishAmerican should not be Pro German, a€ hewrote: The tragedyof Belgium, attacked withcold deliberation and ... [42] If Triana was vigorously supporting the Allied cause inthe United States, back in Colombia, Laureano GA³mezwas enthusiasticallyanbsp;...

Title:Colombia and World War I
Author:Jane M. Rausch
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2014-06-12


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