Magazine article Sea Classics

THE BARBARY WARS: American Independence in the Atlantic World

Magazine article Sea Classics

THE BARBARY WARS: American Independence in the Atlantic World

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THE BARBARY WARS: American Independence in the Atlantic World by Frank Lambert 228 Pgs, Illustrated, 6-in x 8.5-in, Hardback. ISBN: 0-8090-9533-5-$24.00. Hill & Wang, New York, NY; 212-741-6900; www.fsgbooks.com

Author Lambert, a history teacher at Purdue University, could not have picked a better subject nor a more opportune time to write The Barbary Wars than now.

As the United States and its leaders in Washington struggle with the chaotic complexities of today's Muslim states Lambert adroitly suggests that we might still learn much from the way this troublesome problem was successfully handled by Thomas Jefferson and other leaders of that long ago era. Then, as now, America faced a series of imponderable political challenges at home and overseas, not the least of which was how to earn the respect, cooperation and understanding of peoples with entirely different persuasions than our own. And then, as now, seapower and its deft application played a key roll in attaining workable international accords... and a sustained peace.

The Barbary Wars - a 33-year period of Naval aggression between America and the Barbary States that included both the Tripolitan War (1801-1805) and the Algerine War (1815-1816) - began in 1784 with the Moroccan capture of the Betsy, a brigantine out of Philadelphia, and the Algerine taking of the Dauphin and the Maria, also American ships. …

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