Tories and Democrats : British diplomats in the pre-Jacksonian America /
by William H. Masterson ; foreword by Frank E. Vandiver.
1st ed. --
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c1985.
xvi, 280 p.
0890962243 :
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College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c1985.
0890962243 :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [259]-274.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-09:
The activities and perspectives of the early British ministers and charge d'affaires to the US are well worth reporting, especially by this masterful storyteller. Although each biography can stand alone, Masterson intended the book to be greater than the sum of its chapters. Taken together, the well-researched biographies develop and illustrate Jeffersonian themes about Anglo-American relations in the first three decades following British recognition of US independence. Like the Jeffersonians, Masterson believes the British national interest diverged considerably from that of the US, and thus the relentless pursuit of British interest in its diplomacy with America was rarely as benign as Federalists understood it to be. Refracting their high-tory biases through the eyes of Federalist confidants, most British envoys misjudged the critical emerging role of nationalism in American society generally, and within its political parties particularly. The conflicts that erupted into war in 1812 were, as Masterson tells it, less a result of US miscalculation and factionalism than of a necessary response to an unacceptable level of British assertiveness. Although not groundbreaking, this is a well-crafted and thoughtfully argued study worthy of a place in most undergraduate and graduate libraries.-J.L. Cooper, Depauw University
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Preludep. 3
George Hammond 1791-1795p. 8
Robert Liston 1796-1800p. 30
Edward Thornton 1800-1803p. 53
Anthony Merry 1803-1806p. 72
David Erskine 1806-1809p. 97
Francis Jackson 1809p. 121
Augustus Foster 1811-1812p. 144
Interlude 1812-1816p. 168
Charles Bagot 1816-1819p. 171
Stratford Canning 1820-1823p. 196
Postludep. 223
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 275
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