Under the Wire: How the Telegraph Changed Diplomacy (Harvard by David Paull Nickles

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The population growth of the United States, combined with its vast territory and decentralized political and economic structure, made it virtually impervious to British reconquest. Likewise, the unquestioned superiority of the Royal Navy following Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar precluded any American threat to Britain. Thus the possibility of a surprise attack did not affect the survival of either country. S. government believed that surprise would produce military advantages in 1812, and it feared a preemptive strike by Britain.

The brevity of telegrams tended to make them stronger, less nuanced, and more authoritative than traditional dispatches. ”39 While this was more a matter of form than substance, such telegrams may have induced timid envoys to display less independence. Foreign policy institutions, when deciding how to deploy telegraphy, generally favored control over speed (see Chapter 4). ” In some circumstances the coming of telegraphy actually slowed the pace of diplomacy. For example, on 7 September 1870 Jules Favre, the French minister of foreign affairs, requested that the United States intervene diplomatically in the FrancoPrussian War to arrange a peace between the two countries.

Forces were occupied by a war with Mexico that had begun a month earlier. In addition, American leaders knew that Robert Peel’s government in Britain would soon collapse. This meant that at Britain’s Foreign Office the cantankerous, anti-American Lord Palmerston—who would probably be more than a match for Polk— would replace the conciliatory, pro-American Aberdeen. Presumably for these reasons, Polk sent the Aberdeen-McLane agreement to the Senate for advice. But he protected himself politically by distancing himself from it and refusing to endorse it.

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