Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Diplomatic history

Thank you Kate for alerting me to LC's The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. This site "presents a window into the lives of American diplomats. Transcripts of interviews with U.S. diplomatic personnel capture their experiences, motivations, critiques, personal analyses, and private thoughts. These elements are crucial to understanding the full story of how a structure of stable relationships that maintained world peace and protected U.S. interests and values was built." As you will see from the picture of Ambassador Clarence Gauss crossing the river to Chungking, China, May 26, 1941 to present his credentials, the pomp and circumstance so dear to our Ambassadors hasn't changed much over the years.