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A Companion to American Foreign Relations (Blackwell Companions to American History)by Robert Schulzinger
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A Companion to American Foreign Relations is an authoritative volume of historiographical essays that survey the state of U.S. diplomatic history. The essays cover the entire range of the history of American foreign relations from the colonial period to the present. They discuss the major sources and analyze the most influential books and articles in the field. The contributors — eminent scholars and experts in their subject matter--delve deeply into the literature and integrate discussions of new methodological approaches with more traditional diplomatic history. Each essay concludes with prospects for future work in the field.
For the student, scholar, and those interested in the history of American foreign relations, this is an invaluable reference work.
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The 24 essays presented by Schulzinger (history and international affairs, U. of Colorado at Boulder) are best described as historiographical assessments of the various literatures analyzing American foreign relations from independence to the early years of the 21st century in that they are more concerned with how American foreign relations has been described and judged by historians and how those descriptions have changed over different eras. The chapters proceed in a broadly chronological fashion, discussing such topics as the history of US culture and foreign relations, international environmental issues, the US and imperialism, US relations with particular regions and countries during various important periods, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, presidential elections and the Cold War, and Détente over 30 years. Annotation Â©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This is an authoritative volume of historiographical essays that survey the state of U.S. diplomatic history. The essays cover the entire range of the history of American foreign relations from the colonial period to the present. They discuss the major sources and analyze the most influential books and articles in the field.
About the Author
Robert D. Schulzinger is Professor of History and Director of the International Affairs Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A former President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, he is the editor-in-chief of the society's journal, Diplomatic History. Among his many books are A Time For War: The United Stated And Vietnam, (1997) and U.S. Diplomacy since 1900, 5th Edition (2002).
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors.
Introduction. (Robert D. Schulzinger).
1. Ideas and Foreign Affairs. (H.W. Brands).
2. As Far As We Can,” Culture and US Foreign Relations. (Susan Brewer).
3. International Environmental Issues. (Kurk Dorsey).
4. The Early National Period, 1775-1815. (Peter P. Hill).
5. American Expansion, 1815-1860. (William E. Weeks).
6. The United States and Imperialism. (Frank Ninkovich).
7. Relations with Africa since 1900. (Andrew DeRoche).
8. History As Victim, The Sorry State of the Study of US-Japanese Relations to 1945. (Michael A. Barnhart).
9. The United States and Latin America, 1889-1941. (Mark T. Gilderhus).
10. Woodrow Wilson and World War I. (Lloyd E. Ambrosius).
11. Recent Explorations Concerning the Interwar Period. (Justus Doenecke).
12. World War II. (Mark A. Stoler).
13. The Early Cold War. (Jeremi Suri)).
14. The United States and Latin America, 1941-1960. (Darlene Rivas).
15. From Containment to Containment? Understanding U.S. China Relations since 1949. (Evelyn Goh and Rosemary Foot).
16. The Korean War. (James I. Matray).
17. Foreign Relations in the 1950s. (Richard H. Immerman).
18. The Vietnam War. (David L. Anderson).
19. Beyond Vietnam: The 1960s. (Randall B. Woods).
20. The Middle East since 1967. (Peter L. Hahn).
21. The United States and Latin America since 1961. (Stephen G. Rabe).
22. Presidential Elections from the Cold War. (Melvin Small).
23. The Era of Détente. (Keith L. Nelson).
24. Nationalism and Regionalism in the Era of Globalization, U.S. Relations with South and Southeast Asia, 1975-2000. (Robert J. McMahon).
25. Conclusion. (Robert D. Schulzinger).
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