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О ДИПЛОМАТСКИМ ОДНОСИМА ИЗМЕЂУ ЦРНЕ ГОРЕ И САД 1905 -1918.
ON DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN MONTENEGRO AND THE USA FROM 1905 TO 1918

Author(s): Radoslav Raspopović
Subject(s): History
Published by: Историјски институт Црне Горe
Keywords: USA; Montenegro, diplomatic representatives, letters of accreditation, John B. Jackson, State Department

Summary/Abstract: Montenegro established diplomatic relations with the United States of America on October 30, 1905. The first diplomatic representative of the USA in Montenegro was John B. Jackson. He represented his country diplomatically in Montenegro as a non-resident, while at the same time he was a permanent legate in Greece. What the author particularly tried to emphasize in this paper is the fact that at the time when it established diplomatic relations with Montenegro, the USA led an isolationist policy. The policy implied non-interference with European affairs, which consequently should have implied that the State Department was not familiar with the state of affairs in Europe, much less in small Balkan countries such as Montenegro. Nevertheless, documents from the National Archives in Washington, which served as a basis for this paper, prove quite the opposite. Even though it did not directly interfere with European affairs, America was well informed of the circumstances in Europe through its network of diplomatic representatives. However, the establishment of diplomatic relations with Montenegro and numerous reports which its non-resident representatives sent to the State Department not only prove that the latter was well-informed of the political and social life in Montenegro, but also that it had an astoundingly high degree of understanding of the roots of historical, ethnical, mental and religious affairs. Therefore, the accreditation of American diplomats was priceless to American foreign policy since it enabled it to be better acquainted with the situation in the Balkans, but it was also priceless to Montenegro because it meant easier communication with the highest American state institutions. This was particularly important considering the large number of Montenegrin citizens working in the USA.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 45-66
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Serbian