By Nancy N. Barker, Marvin L. Brown Jr. (auth.), Nancy N. Barker, Marvin L. Brown Jr. (eds.)

In the past due 19th and early 20th century foreign rela­ tions took on new and scary features. A resurgent nationalism sharpened the conflicts among states, whereas an expanding commercial­ ism afforded them the capacity to make struggle on a scale formerly incredible. by no means sooner than had there been larger desire for artwork and ability within the behavior of overseas negotiations. The statesmen accountable for this sex frequently fell a ways wanting the suitable essential to do away with the tensions in diplomacy. They not just needed to care for difficulties of significant complexity, yet they assorted tremendously of their temperaments, of their talents, or even of their tendencies to deal with themselves to an answer. however, conventional international relations made attainable the orderly dealing with of foreign crises and saved open the strains of verbal exchange. With all its imperfections it contributed mostly to the upkeep of the ecu order from the turbulent mid-century via l. a. Belle Epoque. The colleagues and previous scholars of Professor Case represented the following proportion with him his curiosity during this element of heritage. They examine the equipment of diplomats and the rules they carried out in articles starting from empires in Africa and Mexico to Turkey and the japanese query. yet whatever the variety of the topics handled they're by no means separated from the mainstream of the diplomatic guidelines of the nice powers. furthermore, the articles characterize a similar method of background and a similar thoughts hired through Professor Case.

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Yet these defects and deficiencies were perhaps adequately offset by his understanding of the power of patronage and his skill in attracting the protection of people in high places. He owed his entry into the diplomatic corps and his appointment as chevalier in the Legion of 5 Dubois de Saligny to Radepont, Mexico, April 4, 1861, Radepont papers, Houghton Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 6 The correspondence of Dubois de Saligny with tbe Texas Secretary of State, J. S. Mayfield, is published in George P.

A bargain was struck, and for a commission of five per cent of the sale of the concession to the new company Radepont agreed to go to work. 34 What was to be the reward for Dubois de Saligny if the plan materialized is less clear. Probably part of it was Benjamin's agreement to buy for $ 40,000 some twenty-five scattered lots of real estate in Galveston, Texas that the minister had acquired in r842 for a consideration of $ 20,000. The inflated price combined with three years given Benjamin to make payment indicates that the arrangement may have been conceived as a measure of compensation if the international company were formed.

The international company had died aborning. Another large affair in which the minister took an interest before 37 The Saligny-Zarco convention of March 26, 1861. It was never ratified. Reprodnced in Bock, Prelude to Tragedy, Appendix E, pp. 491-494. 38 Radepont to Dubois de Saligny, copy, Paris, June 30, 1861, Radepont papers. 39 Radepont became very alarmed when he heard rumors that Dubois de Saligny was experiencing difficulties with the Mexican government, as he understood very well that the consent of the Mexican government was essential for the transfer of the concession (Radepont to Dubois de Saligny, Paris, March 5, 12, and 31, 1861, copies, Radepont papers).

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