Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis was an investigation into the historical significance and interpretation the Alaskan boundary dispute played in the tripartite relations of Canada, the United States, and Great Britain.
The first purpose of this work was to fully examine Hay- Herbert Treaty, emphasizing the hitherto unacknowledged benefits inherent in the treaty. The second purpose of this work was to reexamine Theodore Roosevelt's actions that have previously been the focal point of research in the Alaskan boundary dispute. The final purpose of this work was to explain the greater historical importance Canadians have maintained in the Alaskan boundary dispute and the affect of that greater relative significance. In more specific terms, the research showed the considerable study and emphasis the Alaskan boundary dispute received in Canadian historiography in opposition to the lack of research on this topic in the United States historiography.
The methodology of this thesis consisted of analyzing primary documents from diplomatic figures. Emphasis was given to the letters between Secretary of State John Hay, President Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, Prime Minister Laurier, Clifford Shifton, Lord A1verstone, and Henry White. However, newspaper reports from toe United States, Canada, and Great Britain were also explored. Secondary works used included biographies of key figures and histories dealing with foreign relations between the countries. These latter sources were also engaged as primary sources when investigating the historiography.
Mallory, Steve, "The Historical Influence And Legacy Of The Alaskan Boundary Dispute" (1999). Theses and Dissertations. 783.