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Mongolia and the United StatesA Diplomatic History$
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Jonathan S. Addleton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139941

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139941.001.0001

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Early Encounters

Early Encounters

(p.1) Chapter 1 Early Encounters
Mongolia and the United States

Jonathan S. Addleton

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter briefly describes early encounters between the United States and Mongolia, starting in 1862 when possibly the first American citizen to ever visit Mongolia was granted a travel pass to travel from China to Siberia via “Outer Mongolia.” Other early connections are also brought to life, including an early account by the American journalist Thomas Knox (1835–1896); a description by future president Herbert Hoover of his unlikely meeting with the Bogd Khan at Gandaan Monastery; reflections by the American diplomat and Tibetan specialist William Rockhill on the Mongolian quest for independence; the adventures of the Swedish-American missionary and entrepreneur Frans Larson; the explorations of Roy Chapman Andrews in search of dinosaur bones in the Gobi; and the historic visit to Ulaanbaatar by US Vice President Henry Wallace in 1944.

Keywords:   Mongolia, United States, Russia, China, International Relations, Herbert Hoover, Thomas Knox, William Rockhill, Frans Larson, Henry Wallace

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