Historical Setting

Ben in Paris

The Historical Setting section of this website covers a broad range of material relating to both the early and the more recent history of the State Department.  The first section shows the content of an exhibit entitled A Brief History of U.S. Diplomacy.  The exhibit was prepared by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) for the Department of State.  The second section is the Historical Overview, which uses State Department sources, among others, to provide information on key early figures and developments within the State Department, as well as more contemporary material and information on each Secretary of State since World War II.  The third section focuses on members of the professional service, most especially: Foreign Service officers who have been “in harms way,” known after World War II as “Examples of Excellence,” Foreign Service officers known as “China Hands” and “Arabists” and finally the journey of women and minorities to gain advancement opportunities within the Department of State.