Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Civil War by Kenneth J. Blume

By Kenneth J. Blume

Launching the hot sequence of old Dictionaries of U.S. international relations, this quantity presents a handy advent to a severe interval of yank international relations. The half-century from 1861 to 1914 shaped an important time within the improvement of the yankee method of the area, for the us laid the rules for its twentieth century overseas coverage. whereas the famed Monroe Doctrine insisted that no overseas strength meddle within the American continent, it didn't cease the U.S. from waging battle opposed to Spain, blending in conflicts in Cuba, Chile, and Mexico, nor in backing independence for Panama, the entire whereas buying smaller Pacific islands. The e-book includes:· An introductory essay outlining major subject matters and difficulties of the period· A chronology of major occasions· Over 1,000 separate cross-referenced dictionary entries exploring all points of yank international relations· Appendixes supplying lists of presidents; secretaries of nation, struggle, and army; all American diplomatic ministers and ambassadors, and such a lot U.S. consuls· A photographic part with photographs of vital participants and destinations· A bibliography facilitating additional learn

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To the extent that it could, Washington continued its pattern of aloofness fi-om, or nonentanglement in, European affairs. S. foreign policy continued to be the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, and Central America. On the other hand, America still had only tangential interests in Asia. S. foreign policy continued to demonstrate general insensitivity to such yearnings. Finally, although the United States had by this time acquired a territorial empire, the growth of an "informal" economic empire continued.

The most recent consensus would argue that McKinley was, basically, a conservative on domestic issues who tried to avoid conflict with Spain and only reluctantly accepted congressional demand for war and expansion. In the view of some historians, the war set many patterns for the future: the emergence of a nascent "military-industrial complex"; the mixture of idealism and realism in that it was America's first "war to end wars"; the exaggeration of foreign perils, and the overreaction to a threat that did not exist or was at best minor; military overkill after initial intervention; and the emergence of a countenevolutionary posture of the United States Certainly, if the Spanish-American War did not actually create each of these patterns, it employed and legitimized patterns that had been long-standing in the American approach to the world.

Minister to Great Britain (186 1-1869), Charles Francis Adams skillfully helped to manage Anglo-American relations during the Civil War, especially during the T m t affair and the Laird Ram crisis. It was largely through his tireless efforts that relations were maintained as well as they were, and that England and France never offered diplomatic recognition to the Confederacy. S. commission established to settle the Alabama claims after the Civil War, Adams helped to defuse that explosive issue and bolster arbitration as a technique of international diplomacy.

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