America's Foreign Relations - Vol. 1

America's Foreign Relations - Vol. 1

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America's Foreign Relations - Vol. 1

America's Foreign Relations - Vol. 1

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It is my purpose to write a History of the Foreign Relations of the United States of America. I shall begin it with so consideration of what I may term the pre-natal influences of the nation, to wit, the relations which existed among the European powers which preceded this Republic in possession of the land, and which in an important measure were left as a legacy of good or evil to the United States; and I shall hope to complete it as a continuous and coherent narrative down to our own day. It will be a history for the reading and information of the average lay citizen. Therefore it will not be a technical treatise on diplomacy or international law, such as would appeal chiefly to the student, jurist or statesman. Neither will there be any effort--which it might be vain for me to make to invest the narrative with such romantic charm or rhetorical art as would commend it to the dilettante or to the seeker after entertainment but would at the same time probably impair its value as a work of serious information. Nor yet shall I seek as a special pleader to depict our country as always wise and just in its dealings with others, or others as necessarily in the wrong in their controversies with America; but I shall sincerely strive to treat all with impartiality. In brief, I shall aim to make this a popular history in a worthy sense of that too often abused term, intended for popular perusal and accurate information upon topics which are among at once the most important and the most neglected or most misunderstood in all our national annals.

The observations of a lifetime largely given to the study of these things have persuaded me that the foreign relations of this country are the least generally known part of its history. Our wars, our territorial growth, our material progress, our development as a people, our social and economic problems, have been the themes of innumerable writers and are reason-

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