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Emperor of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson's Foreign Policy (Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History)by Francis D Cogliano
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This book, the first in decades to closely examine Thomas Jeffersonand#8217;s foreign policy, offers a compelling reinterpretation of his attitudes and accomplishments as a statesman during Americaand#8217;s early nationhood. Beginning with Jeffersonand#8217;s disastrous stint as wartime governor of Virginia during the American Revolution, and proceeding to his later experiences as a diplomat in France, Secretary of State, and U.S. Vice President, historian Francis Cogliano considers how these varied assignments shaped Jeffersonand#8217;s thinking about international relations. The author then addresses Jeffersonand#8217;s two terms as Presidentand#151;his goals, the means he employed to achieve them, and his final record as a statesman.
Cogliano documents the evolution of Jeffersonand#8217;s attitudes toward the use of force and the disposition of state power. He argues that Jefferson, although idealistic in the ends he sought to achieve, was pragmatic in the means he employed. Contrary to received wisdom, Jefferson was comfortable using deadly force when he deemed it necessary and was consistent in his foreign policy endsand#151;prioritizing defense of the American republic above all else. His failures as a statesman were, more often than not, the result of circumstances beyond his control, notably the weakness of the fledgling American republic in a world of warring empires.
A dramatic reevaluation of Thomas Jeffersonand#8217;s thinking on foreign policy and his record as a statesman
About the Author
Francis D. Cogliano is professor of American history and Dean International for North America, University of Edinburgh. He is author of Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy and editor ofand#160;Companion to Thomas Jefferson. He lives in Edinburgh, UK.
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