The Tragedy of American Diplomacy

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1988 - Political Science - 334 pages
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One of the first modern historians to integrate economic realities into the study of American foreign policy, William Appleman Williams has been a diplomatic historian of major influence since the first publication of The Tragedy of American Diplomacy. In this pioneering book, "the man who has really put the counter-tradition together in its modern form" (Saturday Review) examines the profound contradictions between America's ideals and its uses of its vast power, from the Open Door Notes of 1898 to the Bay of Pigs and the Vietnam War.

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Williams argues that 20th century US foreign relations are essentially economically motivated. His overall point is not difficult to accept, but he oversells it. His analysis of the Spanish-American ... Read full review

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Read this for a grad class. I found this book thoroughly enjoyable, due to Williams' unbridled bias and anger. For those same reasons, though, I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who didn't ... Read full review


Imperial Anticolonialism
The Imperialism of Idealism
Chapter j The Rising Tide of Revolution
The Legend of Isolationism
Chapter The War for the American Frontier
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A former president of the Organization of American Historians, William Appleman Williams taught for many years at the University of Wisconsin and Oregon State University. His books include The Contours of American History, The Tragedy of American Diplomacy, and Empire as a Way of Life.

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