The fifth volume in the digest of Venezuelan international law covers the period 1925-1935. It follows the same format as the other volumes.
Numerous controversies arose during this decade, but few were of major importance to Venezuela. This is the period when Venezuela experienced the rise of the petroleum industry, increased foreign trade, and strong support from abroad, while the country was run as a private fief by the ruling dictator. Thus it follows that Venezuela would urge hemispheric cooperation and arbitration. This she did often, and especially on five different occasions for the settlement of delicate problems of boundaries, and when only two of these affected her. While foreigners were welcomed, caution was exerted in the slow extension of their rights. At first there was “no denial of justice” to them; then the equality of rights of nationals and foreigners was upheld. Foreigners were reminded not to participate in political activities in Venezuela, and nationals were warned not to participate in political activities of other countries.
One international problem, that of the illegality of the acts of the German ship, Falke, was reason enough to strengthen the presidential power in Venezuela in 1931.
The final volumes of this digest will complete a fine contribution to Venezuelan history.