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Keeping the Republic
Ideology and Early American Diplomacy
Robert W. Smith
"Engagingly written and thoughtful.... Smith's study of the relationship between ideology and foreign policy is persuasive as well as provocative."—American Historical Review
"An interesting, valuable, and timely contribution to our understanding of the ideological roots of American foreign policy in the early republic. Smith's comparison between Adams, Hamilton, Madison, and Jefferson illuminates the thought of each figure."—James H. Read, College of St. Benedict and St. John's University
"In the first full-scale study of this subject, Smith conclusively demonstrates that the Founders drew on different ideological strands in fashioning their foreign policies."—Stuart Leibiger, LaSalle University
How did the ideology that inspired the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution translate into foreign policy? John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton each struggled with this question as they encountered foreign powers. The French Revolution, the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, and the illegal seizures of U.S. ships and sailors on the high seas all brought diplomatic challenges. In the process of developing foreign policy, the founding generation refined the meaning of republicanism.
(2004) 206 pp.
Robert W. Smith received a Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary; he teaches the history of American foreign relations at Worcester State College.
Table of Contents
1—The Republican World
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