Thomas Jefferson / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 31%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (20) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $26.68   
  • Used (14) from $1.99   


This biography of one of America's greatest political figures focuses on Thomas Jefferson's role as a maker of foreign policy. Although he was not the sole formulator of American diplomacy, Jefferson's voice was the most pervasive in the first generation of the republic's history. This text explores how the concept of the United States' westward expansion worked as the moving force in forming Jefferson's judgments and actions in foreign relations. Although much has been written about Jefferson, this volume is one of the few that explores the full range of his positions on foreign relations. Readable and authoritative, Thomas Jefferson: Westward the Course of Empire offers new insight into the man who shaped American foreign policy.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

The International History Review
Kaplan's synthesis of Jefferson sets a high standard, and the book belongs in all college and university collections.
American Diplomacy
Scholars will applaud this evenhanded study of Mr. Jefferson. This volume, well written and well grounded in the most recent secondary accounts, should be well received by its intended audience.
Howard Jones
Gracefully written, engrossing biography.
Bradford Perkins
With this volume, Lawrence Kaplan confirms his reputation as a master of Jeffersonian studies. Thomas Jefferson: Westward the Course of Empire presents a brisk but comprehensive, eminently fair-minded account of Jefferson's views and policies regarding foreign policy. By no means uncritical of Jefferson's strategic errors and wanderings from his professed principles, Kaplan nevertheless discerns a basic consistency in aims, namely, a desire to throw off European constraints and to expand the American empire.
Emphasizing the aspects of Jefferson's background, personality, and intellect that most influenced his approach to US foreign policy, this biography chronicles his political and intellectual life in sections, beginning with his earliest familial influences but dealing in most detail with his evolving thought and decisions in international and national politics. Includes a chronology and a bibliographical essay. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842026307
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Biographies in American Foreign Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence S. Kaplan is university professor emeritus at Kent State University and adjunct professor of history at Georgetown University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chronology Chapter 3 The 'Candid World' of Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1776 Chapter 4 The Alliance in Wartime, 1777-1783 Chapter 5 The European Years, 1784-1789 Chapter 6 Secretary of State, 1790-1793 Chapter 7 In Opposition, 1794-1800 Chapter 8 Toward an Empire of Liberty, 1801-1805 Chapter 9 Between the Lions and Tigers, 1805-1809 Chapter 10 The View from Monticello, 1809-1826 Chapter 11 Bibliographical Essay Chapter 12 Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)