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[Please direct specific reply directly to Seth Jacobs at the email address below. Greater historiographical comments may be presented to the list by replying to this message, Ed] From: "Seth Jacobs" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, July 26, 2013 5:23 pm I'm presently working on a book titled "Rogue Diplomats" about those U.S. ambassadors, envoys, and other diplomatic agents who refused to follow the instructions given them by their superiors back home--and who, not coincidentally, wound up securing some of the most important political, territorial, economic, and geostrategic triumphs enjoyed by the United States during its first two hundred years of national existence. We can all rattle off their names: Adams, Jay, and Franklin at the close of the Revolutionary War; Monroe and Livingston in 1803; Nicholas Trist and the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo; Walter Hines Page at the Court of St. James; Josephus Daniels in Mexico; etc. Does any other country have a comparable record of diplomatic insubordination? I doubt it, but, then again, I'm an Americanist, with all the limitations that title implies. I welcome the input of my colleagues better acquainted with the diplomacy of other nations. Many thanks. Best, Seth Seth Jacobs Associate Professor Department of History Boston College --