U.S. Diplomacy since 1900

U.S. Diplomacy since 1900

U.S. Diplomacy since 1900

U.S. Diplomacy since 1900

Synopsis

This history of US diplomacy since 1900 combines narrative and analysis, using explanations of how and why policy is made and interspersing historiographical interpretations with a chronological study.

Excerpt

The approach of a new century is a good time to see the past hundred years in proper perspective. The fourth edition of this book tries to understand the changes and continuity of American foreign relations from the time of the Spanish-American war until the post-Cold War era. To that end I have greatly revised the first chapter, The Setting of American Foreign Policy to show connections across the twentieth century. I have also made substantial revisions in chapter fourteen, which tells story from 1977 to 1988 and contains revised assessments of the Reagan administration's record in light of new scholarship. I have provided an entirely new concluding chapter -- fifteen, Toward the Twenty-First Century -- which discusses American foreign relations after the Cold War. It provides balanced coverage of both the Bush and Clinton administrations' efforts to come to grips with the remarkable changes in international affairs after the Cold War. It addresses the search for a new world order, the disorders of worldwide ethnic strife, the American effort to promote democracy and free markets, the U.S. attempt to foster stability in former communist regions of the world, and the quest to create a new paradigm for American diplomacy in the next century.

In the preface to the third edition of 1994 I noted that the writing of diplomacy history had been revitalized in the past decade. The new work, informed by the contributions of related social sciences, continues to appear. I have updated the Selected Bibliography to include the best books published in the last four years.

As in earlier revisions, I have incorporated suggestions from many of the students and their professors who have used this book. I also thank . . .

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