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Rough WatersAmerican Involvement with the Mediterranean in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries$
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Silvia Marzagalli, James R. Sofka, and John McCusker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497346

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497346.001.0001

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The Reluctant Warrior: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripolitan War, 1801-1805

The Reluctant Warrior: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripolitan War, 1801-1805

(p.185) The Reluctant Warrior: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripolitan War, 1801-1805
Rough Waters

Jeff Seiken

Liverpool University Press

This chapter is the second of two to explore United States President Thomas Jefferson’s approach to the Tripolitanian War. Unlike the previous chapter, this one presents Jefferson as both reluctant to use force and unprepared for the length and toll of the campaign. It examines his fluctuating attitude toward the navy; concern over the financial cost of war; difficulty in securing an end to the war; and the handling of the disastrous loss of the Philadelphia. It concludes that though Jefferson was ambivalent and reluctant to enter war and failed to use sufficient force for the majority of the campaign, he was triumphant in avoiding paying tribute to Tripoli, and the war was an overall success for the United States.

Keywords:   Nineteenth Century Foreign Policy, American Diplomacy, Yusuf Karamanli, Thomas Jefferson, Maritime Warfare, Economic Warfare, Philadelphia (vessel)

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