Hands Off: A History of the Monroe Doctrine


By Dexter Perkins
THERE is a definite place for Professor Perkins’s scholarly, workmanlike study of the Monroe Doctrine and its effects since it was first enunciated more than one hundred years ago. The author shows the two-sidedness of the Monroe Doctrine. While individual Latin-American states might be grateful for American diplomatic support, as in the case of Venezuela’s boundary dispute with British Guiana, the assumption of hegemony on the part of the United States always elicited sharply unfavorable reactions in Latin America, and especially in countries like Argentina and Brazil, which feel that they have fully come of age. Professor Perkins discusses the important present-day implications of the Doctrine, shows how recent American diplomacy has endeavored to achieve a broader Pan-Americanism based on cooperation, not domination, and suggests that American willingness and ability to implement the Doctrine by armed force are in inverse ratio to distance from the Panama Canal.
W. H. C.