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Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History

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Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History. Ed. by Robert J. McMahon and Thomas W Zeiler. Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $400 (ISBN 978-160871-910-5).

Reference books on US foreign relations abound. This work, however, stands out from the pack. The co-editors, both diplomatic historians, have artfully succeeded in blending history and political science into a distinctive hybrid work. Exhibiting the quality one has come to expect from the publisher CQ Press, which is now increasingly moving into the international domain, this is an excellent and thorough analytic narrative of the diplomatic history of the United States from colonial times to the present. Atypical of conventional encyclopedic works on the subject, this one adopts a chronological approach, each chapter devoted to a discussion of a particular period of time. The two volumes consist of seven parts addressing the following themes: development and growth of American foreign policy, the emergence of the United States on the international scene, the inter-war period, the beginnings of the Cold War, post-Cold War developments, and the post-9/11 world.

Taken together, the forty chapters, engagingly written by experts (mainly academics), provide a comprehensive overview of US foreign relations, accompanied by endnotes and suggestions for further reading. …

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