The Curious Affair of the Horsewhipped Senator: A Diplomatic Crisis That Didn’t Happen
“The Greatest Eloquence”: James Cathcart and the Power of Words in Eighteenth-Century Barbary
Fleeing from the Shores of Tripoli: America’s First Messy Retreat from a Foreign War and the Backlash it Engendered
When Johnny Comes Marching Home…from the Bank
The Role of Anti-Catholicism in the U.S.-Mexican War
The Jamaica Maroons and the Dangers of Categorical Thinking
An American Flag in Japan: Townsend Harris and the materials of diplomacy, 1857-58
Indian Treaties Redux
According to Custom: Building a Nation on Negotiation
Chinese Market; Global Trade
The Indians’ Hidden World
Think Globally, Reform Locally
Selling Misery Abroad
Along the Lenapewihittuck: Reframing Delaware Valley History
Mapping History: Reflections on the Globalization of the United States, 1789-1861 Digital Project
“Go West, Young Man…Far, Far West”
Quapaw Diplomacy and Osage Empire
North American Monetary Union?
Doctrines of Discovery
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
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