This reference history describes and analyzes the State Department and Foreign Service of the United States. It also outlines the history of three major State Department functions, namely, the treatymaking process and record, representation in international conferences, and participation in international organizations and other agencies. The volume covers more than two centuriesfrom the genesis of American diplomacy to the 1990s. Unlike other works, this volume deals with such matters as departmental organization and management; personnel and staffing; administrative practices, reform, and reorganization; and the Department's operations, functions, principal and other officers, and problems.
The volume consists of eight chapters, extensively footnoted, each of which focuses on successive periods grouped in four major historical eras. Tables are designed to serve as further reference for long-range historical analysis and exploration. The book is supplemented with three appendixes and a comprehensive bibliography. A complete and up-to-date major reference, this will be an asset to the reference collections of both academic and public libraries.
About the Author
ELMER PLISCHKE is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a recognized authority on U.S. foreign relations and State Department matters.
Table of Contents
Glossary of Diplomatic Terms
Glossary of Symbols and Acronyms
Part I: To 1801
Origins of American DiplomacyPrelude
Federalist PeriodCreating the State Department and Diplomatic Corps, 1789-1801
Part II: 1801-1861
Post-Federalist PeriodGermination and Crystallization, 1801-1829
Transition PeriodExtension and Stabilization, 1829-1861
Part III: 1861-1945
The Road to Becoming a Great World Power Amplification, Innovation, and Renovation, 1861-1913
United States Becomes a SuperpowerExpansion, Reorganization, and Career Consolidation, 1914-1945
Part IV: 1945-, and the Future
United States as a SuperpowerThe Contemporary Era Since 1945
Appendix I: Principal Statutes and Executive Orders Concerning the Department of State and the Foreign Service
Appendix II: United States Law on the Conduct of American Foreign Relations
Appendix III: United States Territorial Expansion