Historians of the peacetime diplomacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration generally have concentrated on the two or three years preceding American entry into the Second World War, focusing on the Far East. Some reasons for so doing appear, along with indication of areas in need of further study, in the able compilation by Wayne S. Cole , "American Entry into World War II: A Historiographical Appraisal," Mississippi Valley Historical Review, XLVII ( Mar. 1957). In the decade since Cole's article numerous scholars have dealt with disarmament, neutrality, Latin American policy, the Italian-Ethiopian War, the Spanish civil war, and the Sino-Japanese conflict. My own work covers American foreign policy with respect to Germany and the threat that nation's regime offered to American and European security during 1933-1938. The following essay includes sources pertinent to this study.
Indispensable for any study of American foreign policy are the diplomatic records of the United States. Records of the Department of State for 1933-1938 are on deposit in the National Archives, Washington, D.C., and classified "limited access"; they are open to researchers who are United States citizens with permission from the Historical Office of the Department of State. The review policy is extremely