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Daniel Defoe and diplomacy /
William Roosen.
Selinsgrove : Susquehanna University Press, c1986.
144 p. : ill., maps.
0941664120 (alk. paper)
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Selinsgrove : Susquehanna University Press, c1986.
0941664120 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 133-141.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-04:
Roosen (Northern Arizona University) has discovered that the novelist Daniel Defoe wrote numerous pamphlets and periodicals in an attempt to influence English public opinion on foreign affairs over the course of some 36 years. Diplomatic historians will be surprised at the extent and volume of Defoe's observations, and at the dimension of his ``realist'' approach to diplomacy. Although not invariably consistent, correct, nor uninfluenced by those in power, Defoe still emerges as a major proponent of the balance of power in Europe, with central focus on the War of the Spanish Succession and the Peace of Utrecht. Biographers and students of Defoe's literary productions will discover an important dimension of this author that is necessary for a complete portrait of the man and his work. Roosen is at his finest when he documents Defoe's ideas on certain diplomatic principles, e.g., the balance of power, warfare, alliances, the national interest in peace. He is less convincing when describing the impact of Defoe's writing on English policy and public opinion. As Roosen admits, with regard to the Spanish Succession question, it is impossible to gauge Defoe's effect on policy. Nonetheless, those who seek a broader understanding of the British relations with Europe during Defoe's life or a more complete view of Defoe himself will find the book a pioneering study. College and university libraries.-C.W. Haury, Piedmont Virginia Community College
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