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A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations: Colonial Era to the Present





A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations: Colonial Era to the Present

Christopher R. Dietrich (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-16610-8 April 2020 Wiley-Blackwell

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This Companion provides an essential and authoritative guide to the scholarship that has shaped our understanding of the history of U.S. foreign policy.  The editor has compiled a collection of historiographical essays from leading scholars that extends from the origins of U.S. foreign policy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the foreign policies of the Obama administration.  It will do so in two volumes.  Each volume contains between twenty and twenty-five essays, each of which assesses the past and current state of scholarship in diplomatic history and, in doing so, suggests innovative avenues of research for the twenty-first century. 


A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations is an authoritative reference work of the history of American diplomacy, the history of its effects on the wider world, and the history of diplomacy’s role in shaping the American past and present.  Its penetrating essays by distinguished historians offer thoughtful and thorough perspectives on the foreign policies of the United States and the domestic and international contexts in which they occurred.  It is indispensable for anyone who wishes to understand the history of U.S. foreign relations and the background to more recent debates of U.S. power in the world.

Volume I: Colonial Era to the Twentieth Century

Chapter 1 Imperial Crisis, Revolution, and a New Nation, 1763 to 1803
David Narrett, The University of Texas at Arlington

Chapter 2 The Early Republic in a World of Empire, 1787 to 1848
Emily Conroy-Krutz, Michigan State University

Chapter 3 Time, Talent, and Treasure: Philanthropy in the Early Republic
Annelise Hanson Shrout, University of California Fullerton

Chapter 4 The Articles of Confederation State-System, Early American International Systems, and Antebellum Foreign Policy Analytical Frameworks
Robbie J. Totten, American Jewish University

Chapter 5 Natural Rights: Haitian-American Diplomacy in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions
Ronald Angelo Johnson, Texas State University

Chapter 6 Towards a “New Indian History” of Foreign Relations: U.S.-American Indian Diplomacy from Greenville to Wounded Knee, 1795-1890
Elspeth Martini, Montclair State University

Chapter 7 Many Manifest Destinies
Brian Rouleau, Texas A&M University

Chapter 8 New Research Avenues: U.S. Foreign Relations in the Late Antebellum and the Civil War Era
Phil Magness, American Institute for Economic Research

Chapter 9 Ideology and Interest: The Civil War, U.S. Foreign Affairs, and the World
Andre Fleche, Castleton University

Chapter 10 The United States: Imperium in Imperio in an Age of Imperialism, 1865-1886
Daniel Margolies, Virginia Wesleyan University

Chapter 11 New Frontiers Beyond the Seas: The Culture of American Empire and Expansion at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Sarah Steinbock-Pratt, University of Alabama

Chapter 12 Connection and Disruption: American Industrialization and the World, 1865-1917
Peter A. Shulman, Case Western Reserve University

Chapter 13 The Open Door Empire
Marc-William Palen, University of Exeter

Chapter 14 The Statecraft of Theodore Roosevelt and America’s Rise to World Power
Charles Laderman, King’s College – London

Chapter 15 Wilson's Wartime Diplomacy: The United States and the First World War, 1914 to 1918
Ross Kennedy, Illinois State University

Chapter 16 Responding to a Revolution: The “Mexican Question” in the United States
Christy Thornton, Johns Hopkins University

Chapter 17 Chrysalis of Power: United States Foreign Policy and the Retreat from Isolationism, 1919-1941
B.J.C. McKercher, University of Victoria

Chapter 18 Insulation: The Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Years from 1933 to 1941
Kirin Klaus Patel, Maastricht University

Chapter 19 The United States and International Law, 1776 to 1939
Benjamin A. Coates, Wake Forest University

Chapter 20 U.S. Foreign Relations during World War II
Andrew Johnstone, University of Leicester

Chapter 21 Rival and Parallel Missions: America and Soviet Russia, 1917 to 1945
David S. Fogelsong, Rutgers University

Chapter 22 The United States, Transnationalism, and the Jewish Question, 1917 to 1948
Sonja Wentling, Concordia University

Chapter 23 Migrants and Transnational Networks in Sino-American Relations in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Meredith Oyen, University of Maryland – Baltimore County

Chapter 24 The Burden of Empire: The US in the Philippines, 1898 to 1965
Colleen Woods, University of Maryland – Baltimore County

Chapter 25 A History of U.S. International Policing
Katherine Unterman, Texas A&M University

Volume II: The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Chapter 26 Black Internationalism from Berlin to Black Lives Matter
Brandon R. Byrd, Vanderbilt University

Chapter 27 Drugs, Empire, and U.S. Foreign Policy
April Merleaux, Hampshire College

Chapter 28 Military Bases and Overseas Occupation in 20th Century U.S. Foreign Relations
Zach Fredman, Duke Kunshan University

Chapter 29 Remaking the World: The United States and International Development, 1898 to 2015
Stephen Macekura, University of Indiana

Chapter 30 The Early Cold War: Studies of Cold War America in the 21st Century
Masuda Hajimu, National University of Singapore

Chapter 31 United States Power in a Material World
Andrew Friedman, Haverford College

Chapter 32 Propaganda in the Best Sense of the Word? Public Diplomacy and U.S. Diplomatic History since World War I
Sarah Ellen Graham, U.S. Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Chapter 33 Waging War with Words, 1945 to 1963
Lori Clune, California State University, Fresno

Chapter 34 Between Two Ages: United States, Decolonization, and Globalization in the Long Sixties
Ryan Irwin, University at Albany – SUNY

Chapter 35 Foreign Policy in the “Backyard”: The Historiography of US-Latin American Relations in the Mid-Twentieth Century
James F. Siekmeier, West Virginia University

Chapter 36 U.S. Culture and the Cuban Revolution
John A. Gronbeck-Tedesco, Ramapo College

Chapter 37 After the Panic: Writing the History of U.S.-Japan Relations since the Occupation
Andrew McKevitt, Louisiana Tech University

Chapter 38 The Nuclear Revolution in American Foreign Policy during the Cold War
Jonathan Reid Hunt, Southampton University

Chapter 39 Against the Bomb: Nuclear Disarmament and Domestic Politics
Paul Rubinson, Bridgewater College

Chapter 40 Interminable: The Historiography of the Vietnam War, 1945 to 1975
Simon Toner, University of Sheffield

Chapter 41 The Cold War in Sub-Saharan Africa
Phillip Muehlenbeck, George Washington University

Chapter 42 The United States and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948 to 1982
Craig Daigle, City College of New York

Chapter 43 Mineral Frontiers in the Twentieth Century
Megan Black, London School of Economics

Chapter 44 Oil and U.S. Foreign Relations
Victor McFarland, University of Missouri

Chapter 45 Oil, Empire, and Covert Action: New Directions in the Historiography of US-Iraqi Relations
Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt, California State University, Stanislaus

Chapter 46 Iran and the Academy: Intellectual Paths to and from Revolution in the United States
Matthew K. Shannon, Emory & Henry College

Chapter 47 The United States and Afghanistan: Ambiguity and Impasse, 1945-2015
Elisabeth Leake, Leeds University

Chapter 48 Ambivalent Partnerships, Enduring Dilemmas: The United States, India, and Pakistan after Partition
Robert Rakove, Stanford University

Chapter 49 Transnational Activism in U.S.-Central America Relations  in the 1980s
Theresa Keeley, University of Louisville

Chapter 50 The Reagan Administration and the World, 1981-1988
James Graham Wilson, Historian’s Office, Department of State

Chapter 51 The Changing History of the End of the Cold War
Sarah B. Snyder, American University

Chapter 52 The Obama Era: Retrenchment and the Challenge of a “Post-American” World, 2009-2017
Robert S. Singh, University of London