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Elephants for Mr. Lincoln : American Civil War-Era Diplomacy in Southeast Asia (Paperback)

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This is the story of American merchants, diplomats, and missionaries in Southeast Asia prior to and during the US Civil War. American relations in Southeast Asia had begun in the prewar years with the work of these individuals and_with subtle variations in duty_would continue throughout the war years. During those years, trade on US vessels had plummeted due to high Union tariffs and fear of Confederate raiders in Asian waters. On the diplomatic front, the turnover rate for consular agents was high, and they lacked naval support from the East Asian Squadron. In contrast, American missionaries in Burma and Thailand_who still served despite reduced budgets, food shortages and ill health_provided a crucial bridge to America. In fact, by making steady achievements in education, medicine, and publishing, the American missionaries, who transcended regional and global differences in Siam and Burma, were the key to closing the knowledge gap, promoting good will, and representing the US abroad.


Publisher Scarecrow Pr
Mfg Part# 9780810857629
SKU 202303184
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0810857626
Release Date 6/11/2013
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0157
Publisher Scarecrow Press
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