Foreign affairs and the founding fathers; from confederation to constitution, 1776-1787.
Graebner, Norman A. et al.

Three diplomatic historians provide a realist perspective on the foreign relations activities and ideas of the founding generation of American leaders during the confederation era (the years between independence and the adoption of the Constitution), arguing that the country's early leaders, like many of their European counterparts, saw the international system as an essentially anarchic system in which nations pursued their interests through careful balancing of power--particularly, for the young United States, balancing of French and British power. They discuss American diplomacy towards Britain and France, as well as towards the Barbary Pirates and Spain, and also consider the influence of foreign relations concerns on the move away from the Articles of Confederation to the more centralized federal government of the Constitution. (2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)


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