Controlling the Big Stick: The United States Navy and the Cuban Intervention of September 1906
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Political Science & Geography
Graduate Program in International studies
Philip S. Gillette
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.I45 A23
A case study method is used to examine the role played by the United States Navy in bringing about the Second Cuban Intervention of 1906-1909. The 1906 American navy had a distinct lack of centralized direction during the September crisis in Cuba. As a consequence, initiative in the crisis passed to the several naval officers representing the United States in Cuba at the time. These officers acted in consonance with the navy's own institutional agendas and contrary to the objectives of the Theodore Roosevelt administration. In so doing these officers were supported and even rewarded for their actions by the sympathetic uniformed hierarchy within their department. The result was a massive military intervention in Cuba and an American occupation of the island which the American president did not want and worked strenuously to avoid. Principal research sources include the official records of the State and Navy Departments as well as personal papers of the major participants.
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Abel, Christopher A..
"Controlling the Big Stick: The United States Navy and the Cuban Intervention of September 1906"
(1985). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/ybgn-mt06