The Policy Crises of the Early Republic


Authored by: Jeff Broadwater

The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533805
eBook ISBN: 9781315817347
Adobe ISBN: 9781317813354


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Since the 1970s, early American diplomacy has typically been dismissed as a professional backwater. As a field of study, foreign policy, dominated as it has been by elite, white males, supposedly fails the modern demand for a scholarship of inclusion and diversity. New research grapples with trendier topics, such as “whether to emphasize the ways in which white men oppressed women, Indians, or enslaved African Americans, or instead, on these groups’ often-remarkable efforts to endure and overcome their oppression.” Among diplomatic historians, the twentieth century has attracted far more attention than have the years between the American Revolution and the War of 1812. 1

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