Diplomatic Negotiations of American Naval Officers, 1778-1883

Diplomatic Negotiations of American Naval Officers, 1778-1883

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Diplomatic Negotiations of American Naval Officers, 1778-1883

Diplomatic Negotiations of American Naval Officers, 1778-1883

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The diplomatic negotiations of American naval officers fall within the period 1778-1883, and relate to several countries, the most important of which are France, Denmark, the Barbary Powers, Turkey China, Japan, Korea, Hawaii and Samoa. Obviously, a series of lectures treating of this subject does not possess a narrow unity in respect to either time or place. On the other hand, the course does not consist of a mere collection of detached studies in American diplomatic history, for its parts are knit together more or less closely by several unifying elements. From the point of view of the navy, these lectures constitute a well-defined whole, since they treat of the work of the officers of that service in the field of diplomacy, and present a rather full account of one class of naval activities. Moreover, the traits of character that distinguish the naval officer, simplicity, candor and directness, affect his negotiations and give them a sort of unity. The sailor-diplomat is preeminently a "shirt-sleeve" diplomatist. He is a stranger to the devious and tortuous methods of procedure which so long disfigured international statecraft. Being a . . .

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