By Jane M. Rausch
In the bad clash of 1914–1918 identified first as “The nice struggle” and later as global struggle I, Latin American international locations have been peripheral gamers. simply after the U.S. entered the scuffling with in 1917 did 8 of the twenty republics claim battle. 5 others broke diplomatic family members with Germany, whereas seven maintained strict neutrality. those diplomatic stances, even these of the 2 real belligerents—Brazil and Cuba—did little to tip the stability of victory in prefer of the allies, and maybe that explains why historians have paid scant cognizance to occasions in Latin the United States regarding the conflict. however, it truly is nonetheless striking that Percy Alvin Martin’s vintage account, Latin American and the War, first released in 1925, is still the normal textual content at the topic.
This booklet makes an attempt to redress this hole through taking a clean examine advancements among 1914 and 1921 in a single of the impartial nations—Colombia. this era, which coincides with the presidency of José Vicente Concha (1914–1918) and his successor, Marco Fidel Suárez (1918–1921), is stuffed with momentous advancements not just in overseas coverage, while Colombian diplomats confused via German, British and U.S. propaganda struggled to keep up strict neutrality, but in addition at the household scene because the newly put in Conservative regime confronted political and monetary crises that sparked various and violent protests. Rausch's exam of the administrations of Concha and Suárez helps Martin’s statement that even these international locations impartial within the nice struggle weren't immune from its effects.
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Extra resources for Colombia and World War I: The Experience of a Neutral Latin American Nation during the Great War and Its Aftermath, 1914-1921
On October 18, 1900, an editorial in the Bogotá periodical La Opinión marked the first anniversary of the war, stating with wry humor: “In one century we have suffered three international wars, fourteen general revolutions and ten partial revolutions and 300,000 Colombians have died. ” In SUCESOS, 15. 7. El Nuevo Tiempo (Bogotá), June 25, 1903, in SUCESOS, 50. ” See Coffee and Conflict,133. 8. El Nuevo Tiempo, October 31, 1903, in SUCESOS, 59, 70. 9. Delpar, Red against Blue, 159. 10. Rausch, The Llanos Frontier, 197-8.
7. El Nuevo Tiempo (Bogotá), June 25, 1903, in SUCESOS, 50. ” See Coffee and Conflict,133. 8. El Nuevo Tiempo, October 31, 1903, in SUCESOS, 59, 70. 9. Delpar, Red against Blue, 159. 10. Rausch, The Llanos Frontier, 197-8. 11. Bergquist, Coffee and Conflict, 242–46. 20 Chapter 1 12. Bushnell, The Making of Modern Colombia, 162. 13. Abel, Política, iglesia y partidos en Colombia, 19. Good sumaries of this era can be found in Deas, “Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, c. 1880–1990,” CHLA 5: 6:41-82; Mesa, “La Vida política después de Panama,” MANUAL, 3: 83–176, and Melo, “De Carlos E.
44. Cited by Henderson, Conservative Thought, 79–80. 45. Henderson, Modernization, 79. 46. Tovar Zambrano, “La economía colombiana, 1886–1922,” NHC V: 44–45. 47. Mensaje del Presidente de la República al Congreso Nacional al Iniciarse las sesiones del Año 1915 (hereafter cited as Mensaje 1915), 38; Torres Del Río, Colombia Siglo XX, 56–57. 48. Tovar Zambrano, “La economía colombiana, 1886–1922,” NCH V: 45. 49. Davis, Historical Dictionary, 215. The Banco Central lost its national status in 1907.