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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.

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Jennifer McAndrew
Public Affairs Specialist, College of Liberal Arts
512-232-4730
jennifer.mcandrew@austin.utexas.edu

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