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The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe
America’s Swiss Founding Father

45 1 9 2 7 A W A R D A B O U T T H E D I S P U T E S O N T H E MISSISSIPPI Q U E S T I O N BY SAMUEL F. BEMIS Samuel Flagg Bemis (born on October 20,1891, in Worcester, Mass.) was a student of early American diplomacy and Latin American relations in his native city at Clark University, where he also received the Master's degree in 1913. Bemis added Harvard's Master of Arts degree to that of Clark University in 1915 and earned the following year a doctorate in philosophy after a year of study in England and France on a fellowship. Still one year later

States applied to their domestic institutions. It was also the postulate they applied to their foreign relations. They were not fi rebrands yearning to remake world order. They just wanted to establish their place in that order without compromising the liberty they enjoyed at home. Washington’s World40 This statement by historian Robert Smith sparkles with clarity: “The story of early American diplomacy is therefore the search for a republican realpolitik, a diplomacy compatible with republican in- stitutions at home that recognized the realities of world

American Diplomacy: A Reappraisal.” In The American Revolution and “A Candid World,” edited by Lawrence S. Kaplan. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1977. ———.John Adams and the Diplomacy of the American Revolution. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1980. Jervis, Robert. Perception and Misperception in International Politics. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1976. Johnston, Alastair Iain. “Thinking about Strategic Culture.” International Secu- rity 19 (Spring 1995): 32–64. Kant, Immanuel (1784). “An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment

of two different political temperaments from a Shake- speare play that curiously leaves England, the land of Shakespeare, aside. N O T E S T O C H A P T E R 1 0 235 6. Goethe, “Wilhelm Meister’s Travels,” as quoted by Thomas Mann, “Goethe and Democracy,” in Mann’s Addresses, 128. 7. DeLillo, “In the Ruins of the Future,” 33. 8. See Gilbert, To the Farewell Address, which analyzes the mood of early American diplomacy for which Adams’s famous quote is so characteristic. 9. Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind, 153. 10. Thomas Mann, Reflections, 429. 11. Niebuhr

diplomacy American isolationist policy 220 Britain’s ambassador to Russia 207–8 British diplomatic delegation to China 429, 433, 434–7, 448–9, 450, 451–3, 462–6, 479 early American diplomacy 190, 191, 206 Drake, Sir Francis 143 Dundas, Henry 291, 381 Dunmore, John Murray, 4th Earl of 363, 367, 370 Dutch Batavia 442–3, 458 Dutch East India Company (VOC) 302, 442 East India Company (EIC) anti-corruption measures 297–8 Bengal famine 277 Board of Control 292 British political class, legislation against 296–7 concerns over the role of 284, 289–90, 295–6 confl ict and

):35-60. 479 SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Howard, Harry. "The United States and the Problem of the Turkish Straits." Middle East Journal ι (January 1947) :59-72. . "The United States and Turkey: American Policy in the Straits Question (1914-1963)." Balkan Studies 4 (1963):225-250. . "United States Policy Towards Greece in the United Nations, 1946-1950." Balkan Studies 8 (1967):263-296. Hull, Cordell. The Memoirs of Cordell Hull. 2 vols. New York, 1948. Hurewitz, J. C. The Struggle for Palestine. New York, 1950. Hutson, James H. "Intellectual Foundations of Early American

- sons of the past, the impact of technological change, and the structural pat- terns of the international system itself.11 After independence in 1776, the United States lived in a dangerous neighborhood, surrounded by European adversaries—some strong, some tottering—all eager to contain or crush the infant, vulnerable, faltering young republic. Early American diplomacy evolved in an environment of perceived danger (as well as opportunity). “From the 1780s through the 1820s,” writes James Lewis, “the first two genera- tions of policymakers worked to develop

with diplomatic history; it is very useful, but in spite of its size, far from exhaustive. Gilbert, Felix. To the Farewell Address: Ideas of Early American For- eign Policy. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1961. Gil- bert argues that there was a fundamental tension in early American diplomacy between realism and idealism; this was an influential book and is still of considerable interest. Gipson, Lawrence Henry. The British Empire before the American Rev- olution. 15 vols. Caldwell, Idaho and New York: Caxton Printers and Alfred A. Knopf, 1936