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History professor's book featured on university's book blog

Prof. Braisted's new book reveals how the U.S. Navy kept the peace in China

Posted: February 16, 2009

In Diplomats in Blue: U.S. Naval Officers in China, 1922-1933 (University Press of Florida, 2009), Professor Emeritus of History William R. Braisted depicts a bygone world in which admirals played almost as important a role as ambassadors in representing American interests abroad.

During peace-time, high-ranking naval officers worked first to protect American citizens and American business interests. And several of them labored, sometimes in conflict with State Department officials, to foster a stronger, more unified China that might be a better ally of the United States.

Read the rest of this story on UT's ShelfLife blog:
Historian's account of the importance of naval officers diplomatic roles

Reviewed by Marian J. Barber, doctoral candidate in the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jennifer McAndrew
Public Affairs Specialist, College of Liberal Arts

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