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Republicans of Letters: The Early American Foreign Service as Information Network, 1775-1825

Bauer, Jean
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Bauer, Jean
Advisor
Onuf, Peter
Stagg, John
Abstract
“Republicans of Letters: The Early American Foreign Service as Information Network, 1775 - 1825” re-examines the origins of the U.S. Foreign Service as an information network, constituted by the letters that were exchanged among diplomats, consuls, their friends and family, and their home governments. Thinking about the Foreign Service as an information network, rather than a treaty-generating organization, allows for a reevaluation of the strength and effectiveness of the early American Foreign Service and its role in creating the American State. The dissertation also posits four methodological lenses of history: biography/micro-history, social structure, institutional structure, and geospatial distribution. In order to combine these methodologies, the author built The Early American Foreign Service Database (http://eafsd.org), using a custom-designed data structure and software package which she named Project Quincy (after John Quincy Adams), to model to world of the early American Foreign Service and to permit the quantitative and visual analyses required to study the Foreign Service as a network.
Language
English
Date Received
20150731
Published
University of Virginia, Department of History, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2015
Published Date
2015-07-29
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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