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A Companion to American Foreign Relations

ISBN: 978-0-470-99903-5
578 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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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.

  • Includes discussions of new methodological approaches in diplomatic history.
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Introduction xi
Robert D. Schulzinger

1 Ideas and Foreign Affairs 1
H. W. Brands

2 “As Far As We Can”: Culture and US Foreign Relations 15
Susan Brewer

3 International Environmental Issues 31
Kurk Dorsey

4 The Early National Period, 1775–1815 48
Peter P. Hill

5 American Expansion, 1815–1860 64
William E. Weeks

6 The United States and Imperialism 79
Frank Ninkovich

7 Relations with Africa since 1900 103
Andrew DeRoche

8 History as Victim: The Sorry State of the Study of US–Japanese Relations, 1900–1945 121
Michael A. Barnhart

9 US–Latin American Relations, 1898–1941: A Historiographical Review 134
Mark T. Gilderhus

10 Woodrow Wilson and World War I 149
Lloyd E. Ambrosius

11 Recent Explorations Concerning the Interwar Period 168
Justus D. Doenecke

12 World War II 188
Mark A. Stoler

13 The Early Cold War 215
Jeremi Suri

14 United States–Latin American Relations, 1942–1960 230
Darlene Rivas

15 From Containment to Containment? Understanding US Relations with China since 1949 255
Evelyn Goh and Rosemary Foot

16 The Korean War 275
James I. Matray

17 Foreign Relations in the 1950s 292
Richard H. Immerman

18 The Vietnam War 309
David L. Anderson

19 Beyond Vietnam: The Foreign Policies of the Kennedy–Johnson Administrations 330
Randall B. Woods

20 The United States and the Middle East since 1967 375
Peter L. Hahn

21 US Relations with Latin America, 1961 to the Present: A Historiographic Review 387
Stephen G. Rabe

22 Presidential Elections and the Cold War 404
Melvin Small

23 Détente Over Thirty Years 422
Keith L. Nelson

24 Nationalism and Regionalism in an Era of Globalization: US Relations with South and Southeast Asia, 1975–2000 440
Robert J. McMahon

Conclusion: From the End of the Cold War to the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century 455
Robert D. Schulzinger

Bibliography 461

Index 543

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Author Information

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).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • An authoritative historiographical volume that surveys the state of U.S. diplomatic history.

  • 25 essays cover the entire history of American foreign relations from the colonial period to the present.

  • Discusses the major sources and analyzes the most influential books and articles in the field.

  • Includes discussions of new methodological approaches in diplomatic history.
See More


"Indispensable reading for scholars in the field as well as for graduate students preparing for general exams. Covering the entire field of U.S. foreign relations from the colonial era to the present, the essays highlight the rich variety of new approaches that have energized international history over the past three decades."
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“[This] work is truly a companion for professors who need quick and easily digestible information ... and for researchers and students wishing to read more widely.” History

“Indispensible for anyone wishing to understand the background to recent debates over US foreign relations, with essays by leading scholars in a historical field that is among the most innovative — and perhaps, given the current condition of world affairs, the most relevant.” Walter LaFeber, Cornell University

“ This is an extremely valuable guide to the recent scholarly literature on the history of US foreign relations. The contributors, all respected scholars in their fields, show how history and historiography are often inextricably bound together.” Akira Iriye, Harvard University

"This companion should prove an invaluable reference source for scholars and students in the field." Journal of American Studies

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