August 27 - Monday History 313 Talking points today 1 Irony...

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Monday, August 27, 2007 History 313 Talking points today: 1. Irony of early American diplomacy 2. Paine’s “Common Sense” 3. French Alliance 4. (If we have time…) Negotiations that led to US independence 1. Irony of early American diplomacy - Common assertions about present Iraq/Afghan situation: o Reflects under appreciation of limits of US power by administration o Even US with no real power rival doesn’t have absolute power - In early years of the nation, people had no such illusions. They knew power was limited and that they would need aid to succeed. - The US came into being for its own interests; to isolate itself from war and the diplomatic maneuverings of Europe - The French Alliance was essential to the revolution - Since 1680s, there has been constant conflict between England and France, characterized by struggle and competition. - 1754-1763 was the 7 years war (also known as they French-Indian war) and the French were chased out of America. - Colonists cheered on British victory against the French - London tightened the reins of its empire at the end of the war o They sent troops to the colonies for defense o They increased the taxes on the colonies to pay for the upkeep of an army o
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