The Genet Mission

The Genet Mission

Description

While Genet had considerable shortcomings as a diplomat, more important was his inability to accept the irreconcilable differences between the two countries, particularly in their commitment to popular sovereignty and the doctrine of the rights of man. In addition, neither Genet nor his government understood the nature or power of the presidency; in his efforts to win popular support for the French cause, Genet provoked Washington and his cabinet, and the administration eventually demanded the minister's recall. While the mission ended in failure, the public controversy stirred up by Genet constituted a vital step in the formation of the first political parties in the United States. The debate over his demands, which involved common people to an unprecedented degree, led to the infusion of a more democratic strain into the political process, long dominated by an elite leadership.


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Details

Author(s)
Harold Melvin Hyman, Harry Ammon
Format
Paperback | 208 pages
Dimensions
127 x 203 x 25mm | 230g
Publication date
01 Apr 1973
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0393094200
ISBN13
9780393094206