Download PDF by Robert Schulzinger: A Companion to American Foreign Relations

By Robert Schulzinger

ISBN-10: 0631223150

ISBN-13: 9780631223153

This is often an authoritative quantity of historiographical essays that survey the country of U.S. diplomatic heritage. The essays conceal the full diversity of the background of yank overseas kin from the colonial interval to the current. They talk about the most important resources and learn the main influential books and articles within the box.

  • Includes discussions of recent methodological ways in diplomatic history.

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The United States found itself wrestling with Great Britain over fisheries issues at the peace conference that resulted in the Treaty of Paris of 1783, and the issue remained a contentious one for more than a century. Treaties in 1815, 1818, 1854, 1871, and 1888 all addressed access to the cod fisheries of the Grand Banks and other areas of the Northwest Atlantic. The two nations did not resolve their dispute until 1910, when an arbitration tribunal finally set permanent rules for the fishery. Historians such as Harold Innis (1940) paid a great deal of attention to the cod wars, but most of the analysis came down to fisheries as a piece of the Anglo-American friction and rapprochement of the nineteenth century.

They also fit the interests of diplomatic historians because so often they were about power, such as control of food in a time of famine. Paterson’s essay made an important first step, but it was only that. He devoted just two pages to this point, because his larger goal was to analyze the field in general, including what had been done well and what should be done. In addition, he acknowledged that to get to the core of environmental issues diplomatic historians might well have to acquire a great deal of basic knowledge in history of science and similar fields.

In reviewing Henry Kissinger’s gargantuan Diplomacy for the Boston Globe, Smith commented that Kissinger somehow managed to overlook the state of the chessboard in his obsession with the chess game. , mentions neither the environment nor natural resources. But not until 1996 did anyone try to develop a coherent vision for what an environmental approach to diplomatic history might look like. In that year, Diplo- {Page:32} INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 33 matic History carried an article by Mark Lytle that expanded on Paterson.

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