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History 330- Diplomatic History

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History 330- Diplomatic History Hist 330

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Detailed notes on discussions and important references made in the 2nd class.
Diplomatic History
S. Mooney
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Hewan Ft on Friday September 2, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Hist 330 at James Madison University taught by S. Mooney in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views. For similar materials see Diplomatic History in History at James Madison University.


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Date Created: 09/02/16
8/2/2016 Class #2 Common Sense- By Thomas Paine - Restates the reason for revolution - Summarizes foreign policy as not allying with any EU power since all of euripi needed American goods - US isolationism equals freedom of action - What makes American revolutions different? o The colonies had already been governing themselves so it wasn’t a total turn over o The revolution was lead by the elite instead of the poor. This is very uncommon. And then they become the ones to rule afterwards o There was also no mass killing of the opposition. - The leadership of the colonies felt superior to European powers Foreign relations and goals US Goals:- - Recognition of independence They received this - Free trade- They did not get this - Fishing rights in newfoundland- kind of, they got the liberty to go there but no expressed right. Not formalized - Trading rights in the Caribbean/ access to the Mississippi- Not initially Was this a success? British Goals - Maintain influence if not outright limited control of the colonies- even though US was independent they got the better end of the stick - Prevent French encroachment- They maintained this - Maintain mercantilist policies- They maintained this as well - Payment for property, good and services lost to rebellion- they shouldn’t get this because they didn’t help achieve independence, there is also a new government so no obligation, also there is no need to give money to people who wanted the opposing side. No need to help these people out and give them more wealth. French Goals - Keep the United states weak, or exert influence over American affairs - Regain lost territory from the 7 year war - Prevent British expansion in the Caribbean/ world wide Jay, Adams and franklin seek the best terms, ignoring agreements with France to negotiate together How we portray American Revolution in history? Articles of confederation- first original constitution in 1781 (terrible piece of work) - This negotiation lead to the articles of confederation This made foreign policy impossible to conduct. - European nations ignored congress and dealt with the states directly - No national policy By 1787 - US constitution - Federal gov. has the right conduct foreign policy - Congress receives power to regulate foreign commerce, declare war and collect taxes - President conducts detailed diplomacy, senate offers advise and consent Problems - Debt o Private and public. AMERICAN plantation owner owe British merchants lots of money - No military - European interference in the great lakes and Florida - Indians - Pirates in Africa - Internal squabbling - General humiliation o Primary motivator to get a new government. Jefferson and Madison recognized that they needed better. They recognized that the inferior Europeans were looking down on them. Clouds from Europe - Nationalist holds the upper hand at the constitutional convention. - In Europe-Partitioning Poland and Prussian intervention in the Netherlands casts a shadow of the possible demise of the republic - French revolution created intensive upheaval across Europe in 1789 - How do external events influence domestic politics? Review -Constitutionalists believe that putting your house in order domestically to gain respectability abroad. -The constitution provides the framework for the workable foreign policy backed up by eventual military and economic power. The unique American prism bradforn perkins Terms : Isolation, superiority, interdepended, republicanism, individualism -Describe the “prism” Americans viewed the world through the late 18 th century? The US wants to build a big commerce but be left alone foreign polices- and European politics. This was naive. - How do republicanism - what special circumstance occur to influence American prisms


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