Alexander DeConde

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Alexander DeConde (born November 13, 1920 in Utica, New York)[1] is a historian of United States diplomatic history. Raised in California, he attended San Francisco State College for his B.A. He received his M.A. and Ph.D from Stanford University, where we worked under the direction of Thomas A. Bailey. He taught at Stanford, Whittier College, and Duke University. From 1957 to 1961, he was professor of history at the University of Michigan.[2] He subsequently joined the history department at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he remained to his retirement. He helped to establish the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.


  • Entangling Alliance: Politics & Diplomacy Under George Washington (Duke University Press, 1958)
  • The Quasi War: The Politics & Diplomacy of the Undeclared War with France, 1797-1801 (Scribners, 1966)
  • This Affair of Louisiana (Scribners, 1976)

Honors and Awards[edit]

  • 1959 Guggenheim Fellowship[3]


  1. ^ Contemporary Authors: First revision - Volumes 5-8. Gale Research Company. 1969. p. 292. ISBN 081030001X. 
  2. ^ University of Michigan Faculty Project web page,
  3. ^ Guggenheim Foundation fellows entry,