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Thomas Jefferson: Westward the Course of Empire
     

Thomas Jefferson: Westward the Course of Empire

by Lawrence S. Kaplan
 

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ISBN-10: 0842026290

ISBN-13: 9780842026291

Pub. Date: 11/28/1998

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

He served as a member of the Continental Congress, governor of Virginia, minister to France, secretary of state, vice president and president of the United States. Yet his effort in molding American foreign policy was one of his most important contributions.

This new biography of one of America's greatest political figures focuses on Thomas Jefferson's role as a

Overview

He served as a member of the Continental Congress, governor of Virginia, minister to France, secretary of state, vice president and president of the United States. Yet his effort in molding American foreign policy was one of his most important contributions.

This new biography of one of America's greatest political figures focuses on Thomas Jefferson's role as a maker of foreign policy, from his formative years to his last days as a senior statesman. 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. It may also have been the most paradoxical.

Jefferson was an eloquent defender of non-entanglement with European powers, yet he advocated, it seemed, an informal alliance with France in the embargo of 1807 and with Britain on the eve of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823. He was an articulate spokesman for an agrarian republic in the 1790s, yet he supported manufacturers during Iris presidency to ensure independence from European economic control. He was a believer in the efficacy of peaceful coercion, yet he employed military force against the Barbary powers in 1804 and advocated war against Britain in 1812. In this volume, Kaplan reconciles these contradictions in Jefferson's views and positions over a period of almost half a century.

He also 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. In completing the Louisiana Purchase, Jefferson nearly doubled the territory of the young nation. Kaplan describes how Jefferson's fascination with the West led him to dispatch the Lewis andClark expedition to explore the newly acquired land.

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 Count of Empire offers new insight into the man who shaped American foreign policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780842026291
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
Biographies in American Foreign Policy Series
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.69(d)

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

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