Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Paul L. Beck
Diplomatic relations between the United States and Mexico have been without major incident in recent years. Twenty-five years ago, however, the seizure of oil properties belonging to United States interests in Mexico climaxed a bitter twenty year struggle between the powerful foreign petroleum interests and Mexico. The first phase of that struggle began with the Constitution of 1917 and resulted in strained relations between the two nations. The part that vested interests played in this controversy is little known and provides interesting insight into the use of public opinion to sway United States foreign policy.
O'Brien, Dennis J., "Oil, diplomacy and intervention: A study of United States petroleum interests in Mexico, 1917-20" (1963). Student Work. 511.
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