American Consul: A History of the United States Consular Service, 1776-1914 by Charles Stuart Kennedy (Hardback, 1990)
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- DescriptionThis book is a history of the United States Consular Service, an unheralded, but significant element in the promotion of American commerce and influence abroad from the Revolution onward. A group of relatively mir officials, appointed by the vagaries of political patronage and virtually igred by successive Secretaries of State, American consuls were established in most major foreign ports and trading centers early in the history of the Republic. Consular officers were major players in America's overseas presence because of their special responsibility for seamen and shipping. They were the officials most concerned with the Barbary pirates and worked with the United States Navy to remove them from the Mediterranean. Until 1822 they were the only official representative of the U.S. government in the emerging republics of Latin America. American consuls in Britain helped prevent the Confederates from assembling and supplying a fleet out of European ports. The Spanish-American War was essentially a consular war-fought in colonial territories where consuls supplied intelligence and support for American miliary actions. The American Consul is a long overdue history of the Consular Service. It introduces, through brief histories, anecdotes, and vignettes, some of the men sent abroad by an imperfect system to represent our country. It is an evolving chronicle of their contributions to the expansion of American influence from the start of the Revolutionary War to the eve of the First World War, when American diplomats assumed the predominant role in America's foreign relations. This book is must reading for anyone interested in American diplomatic history.
- Author BiographyCHARLES STUART KENNEDY is Director of the Foreign Affairs Oral History Program at Georgetown University. From 1955 to 1985 he was a member of the Consular Service, serving as a consul in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and Consul General in Saigon, Athens, Seoul, and Naples.
- Author(s)Charles Stuart Kennedy
- Date of Publication15/02/1990
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleContributions in American History
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 139
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight532 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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