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American Foreign Relations Since 1898: A Documentary Reader

Jeremi Suri (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8448-9
272 pages
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume brings together more than 50 documents which examine foreign policy not only in terms of leaders and states, but also through social movements, cultures, ideas, and images, to provide comprehensive understanding of how Americans have interacted with the wider world since 1898.
  • Draws together over 50 primary documents to give readers a first-hand account of the people and events that shaped the foreign policy of the United States
  • Incorporates documents relating not only to leaders and states, but also to social movements, cultures, ideas, and images
  • Highlights the diverse range of contributors to debates about American foreign policy, from presidents to protesters, students to singers
  • Includes a comprehensive introduction to the subject and headnotes for each document written by the editor, as well as a bibliography for further study
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List of Illustrations.

Series Editors' Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Source Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Chapter 1: War, Imperialism, Anti-Imperialism.

1 Secretary of State, John Hay, Open Door Notes, 1899–1900.

2 President William McKinley, Account of his Decision to Occupy the Philippines, 1898.

3 The Platt Amendment, 1901.

4 Jane Addams, Critique of American Militarism, 1902.

5 President Theodore Roosevelt, "Corollary" to the Monroe Doctrine, 1904.

Chapter 2: The Great War and Its Aftermath.

1 George M. Cohan, "Over There," 1917.

2 President Woodrow Wilson, Fourteen Points Address, 1918.

3 Senator Robert LaFollette, Opposition to President Wilson’s War Message, 1917.

4 W. E. B. Dubois, Comments on the First World War, the Treaty of Versailles, and the Politics of Race, 1918.

5 Charles Lindbergh, Account of the First Solo Nonstop Airplane Flight Across the Atlantic Ocean, 1927.

6 The Kellogg–Briand Pact, 1928.

Chapter 3: The Great Depression, Fascist Fears, and Social Change in America.

1 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, 1933.

2 Hamilton Fish Armstrong, Meeting with Adolf Hitler, 1933.

3 Father Charles Coughlin, Radio attack on "Internationalism," 1931.

4 Charles Lindbergh, Speech to an America First Committee Meeting, 1941.

5 The Atlantic Charter, 1941.

Chapter 4: The Second World War.

1 Lawrence T. Kagawa, the Internment of Japanese-Americans, 1942.

2 President Franklin Roosevelt and Soviet Marshal Josef Stalin at the Tehran Conference, 1943.

3 Dwight Eisenhower, the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps, 1945.

4 President Harry Truman, Diary Entries on the Potsdam Conference and his Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs on Japan, 1945.

5 The Atomic Mushroom Cloud Over Nagasaki, 1945.

Chapter 5: The Early Cold War.

1 George F. Kennan, "Long Telegram" on the Soviet Union, 1946.

2 The Truman Doctrine, 1947.

3 Assistant Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, the "Loss" of China, 1950.

4 Senator Joseph McCarthy, Speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, 1950.

5 NSC 68, 1950.

6 President Dwight Eisenhower, the "Falling Domino" Theory in Indochina, 1954.

Chapter 6: Rebellions Against the Cold War.

1 Martin Luther King, Jr., "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," 1960.

2 "Spy vs. Spy," 1961.

3 SANE, Public Petition, 1961.

4 Students for a Democratic Society, Port Huron Statement, 1962.

5 Women Strike for Peace, "What Every Woman Knows," 1962.

6 "Dr. Strangelove," 1964.

7 President Lyndon Johnson, "Peace Without Conquest," 1965.

8 Phil Ochs, "I ain't marchin’ anymore," 1965.

9 Christian Appy, Oral Histories from the Vietnam War.

10 My Lai Massacre, 1968.

Chapter 7: Detente, Human Rights, and the Continuation of the Cold War.

1 President Richard Nixon, "Opening" to China, 1972.

2 Agreement on Basic Principles between the United States and the Soviet Union, 1972.

3 American Complicity in Chilean Repression, 1973.

4 The Helsinki Final Act, 1975.

5 President Jimmy Carter, Address at the University of Notre Dame, 1977.

6 President Ronald Reagan, "Evil Empire" Speech, 1983.

Chapter 8: The End of the Cold War.

1 President Ronald Reagan, Speech and Questionand-Answer Session at Moscow State University, 1988.

2 The New York Times, Mikhail Gorbachev's Heroic Reception in the United States, 1988.

3 The New York Times, The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989.

4 President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Chairman Mikhail Gorbachev, the End of the Cold War, 1989.

Chapter 9: After the Cold War.

1 President George H. W. Bush, the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait, 1990.

2 Deputy Secretary of Defense, John Deutch, Genocide in Rwanda, 1994.

3 President Bill Clinton, the Kosovo Crisis, 1999.

Chapter 10: The War on Terror.

1 The Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.

2 The New York Times, the Public Horror of September 11, 2001.

3 President George W. Bush, the Bush Doctrine, 2002.

4 George Packer, the Iraq War, 2005.

5 Torture at Abu Ghraib Prison, 2004.

Select Bibliography.

Index.

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Jeremi Suri is the E. Gordon Fox Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is the author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century (2007), The Global Revolutions of 1968 (2006), and Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Détente (2003).
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  • Draws together over 50 primary documents to give readers a first-hand account of the people and events that shaped the foreign policy of the United States
  • Incorporates documents relating not only to leaders and states, but also to social movements, cultures, ideas, and images
  • Highlights the diverse range of contributors to debates about American foreign policy, from presidents to protesters, students to singers
  • Includes a comprehensive introduction to the subject and headnotes for each document written by the editor, as well as a bibliography for further study
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"In this concise and well-crafted collection, Jeremi Suri captures the extraordinary complexity of America's relations with the wider world across more than a century.  The book will be a 'go-to' resource for students of U.S. foreign relations."
Mark Atwood Lawrence, University of Texas at Austin

"This valuable collection of documents reflects three major trends in scholarly work on U.S. foreign relations today: the stress on sub-state level activities, cultural themes, and the global setting. The documents contain examples in all three areas and enable the reader to come to a deeper understanding of the nation's engagement with the world."
Akira Iriye, Harvard University

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