American Machiavelli Alexander Hamilton and the Origins of U. S. Foreign Policy

ISBN-10: 0521708745
ISBN-13: 9780521708746
Edition: 2007
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Description: Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was an illegitimate West Indian emigrant who became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. American Machiavelli focuses on Hamilton's controversial activities as foreign policy adviser and aspiring military leader.  More...

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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was an illegitimate West Indian emigrant who became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. American Machiavelli focuses on Hamilton's controversial activities as foreign policy adviser and aspiring military leader. In the first major study of his foreign policy role in 30 years, John Lamberton Harper describes a decade of bitter division over the role of the Federal government in the economy during the 1790s and draws parallels between Hamilton and the sixteenth century Italian political adviser, Niccol Machiavelli. Harper provides an original and highly readable account of Hamiltonas famous clashes with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and his key role in defining the U.S. national security strategy. John Lamberton Harper is Professor of Foreign Policy and European Studies at the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center. He is the author of America and the Reconstruction of Italy, 1945-1948 (Cambridge 1986), winner of the 1987 Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies, and American Visions of Europe: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George F. Kennan, and Dean G. Asheson (Cambridge 1994), winner of the 1995 Robert Ferrell Prize from the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The American Historical Review, The Journal of American History, The Times Literary Supplement and Foreign Affairs.

Born in London in 1951 and a student at the University of Leeds, Mike Begon has spent his whole scientific career at the University of Liverpool, where he is now Professor of Ecology, specializing in the population and community ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife.Colin Townsend obtained his DPhil at the University of Sussex before taking up teaching positions at Oxford University and the University of East Anglia. In 1989 he moved from the UK to New Zealand to the University of Otago where he was chair of the Zoology Department, and is now Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity Research Group. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1997.John Harper is an award-winning biologist and a leading figure in plant population biology. He has served as a council member of the fellowship of the Royal Society and received the Darwin Award in 1990. He is also the author of Population Biology of Plants and co-author of Essentials of Ecology.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Coming of Necessity
From Providence into Fortune, 1757 (?)-1781
Prepared To Be Not Good, 1781-1788
Battle Lines are Drawn
At Washington's Side Again, 1789
Hamilton versus the Virginians, 1789-1791
The Nootka Sound Crisis, Part One: The Morris Mission
Nootka Sound, Part Two: The View from New York
Liaisons Dangereuses, 1791-1792
Seizing the Helm
The Birth of American Neutrality, February-May1793
"A Most Distressing Dilemma," May-December 1793
Hamilton and the Crisis of 1794
The Jay Treaty
Informal Adviser to the Prince
Return to Not-So-Private Life, 1794-1795
"Camillus" into the Breach
A High-Stakes Game: Washington's Farewell Address, 1796
Transition to the New Regime, 1796-1797
A Prince in His Own Right?
Hamilton and Adams: The Background
Hamilton's "Grand Plan"
Hamilton and His Army, Part One, 1797-1798
Hamilton and His Army, Part Two, 1798-1799
Killing Two Birds with One Stone, 1799
The Lesser of Evils
1800 and After
From Fortune into Providence
Conclusion: Hamilton Then and Now
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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