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 Press
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 286 g
Dimensions: 227 x 168 x 11 mm
A fascinating coverage provides college-level readers with an unusual early diplomatic history key to understanding today's Asian history. * California Bookwatch, Vol. 1, No. 9 (November 2006) *
The authors offer interesting material culled from extensive research...Recommended. * CHOICE, Vol. 44, No. 11 (July 2007) *
This work describes the activities of American merchants, missionaries, and diplomatic envoys in Southeast Asia prior to and during the US Civil War. The narrative shows how these figures maintained and occasionally furthered American interests in the region while their country was embroiled in conflict, paving the way for the 1879 tour through Rangoon, Penang, Singapore, Bangkok, and Saigon by President Grant, helping to cement US relations in the area. * Reference and Research Book News, November 2006 *