Stoddert's War: Naval Operations During the Quasi War With France 1798-1801

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University of South Carolina Press, 1987 - Political Science - 313 pages
This book examines the Franco-American undeclared naval war at the turn of the nineteenth century. This history of that nearly forgotten struggle is filled with the dramatic actions of such frigates as the Constellation and her capture of l'Insurgente, as well as the sundry operations that protected American commerce from the depredations of the French corsairs in the Caribbean. This book differs from earlier studies in that it places the American war within a European context. It takes a critical look at the command and operations of the first secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert, and how under his direction the Navy proved itself ship for ship as--if not more--effective against French privateers than the Royal Navy. The book also examines how the Navy served the nation's commercial and diplomatic interests, a pattern of activity that would become known as gunboat diplomacy, and how the Navy's successes assured it a permanency that had eluded the Continental Navy.

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Michael A. Palmer is an associate professor of history at East Carolina University. He is the author of several military and maritime histories, including Stoddert's War, winner of the prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. Mr. Palmer lives in Greenville, North Carolina.

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