New York: Garland Publishing, 1990.
Hardcover. Near Fine with no dust jacket. Item #12381
Price tag glue residue, otherwise slight wear. Crisp hardcover.; "Horace Porter was a "secondary" character in United States history, but he nevertheless contributed to that history and shaped aspects of it. As a Civil War veteran, moderate Republican, active citizen, successful businessman, diplomat, and mainstream American in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Porter was representative of a majority of the American poeple and their aspirations. His life was a microcosm of a nation coming of age through civil war, industrial revolution, political maturation, and entry into the ranks of the world's major powers during the era in which he lived. ... In a life that spanned eighty-four years, Horace Porter represented, and in some ways helped to shape, his era, his country, and its foreign relations. He fought to uphold the integrity of the American Union, American diplomatic and commercial interests, the Monroe Doctrine and American neutral rights as principles of national policy, the use of arbitration as a means to redress international disagreements, and above all, the security of the United States. From 1860 to 1921, through several decades of experience in national and world affairs, Porter remained consistent in his hatred of conflict and love of country. Mindful of his personal recollection of war, his desire to reconcile international differences through negotiation, and the need to defend American security, Porter asserted his talents in diplomacy, belief in reason, faith in arbitration, and confidence in preparedness. Horace Porter maintained his willingness to fight and efforts for peace in confirmation of his role in United States history as a peaceful warrior." - Introduction. ; Dissertations in Nineteenth-Century American Political and Social History; 296 pages.