Crucible of Power: A History of U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1897

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - History - 555 pages
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Crucible of Power is an updated, revised version of Howard Jones's classic text Quest for Security: A History of U.S. Foreign Relations from 1897. This book, available again for use in the classroom, presents a straightforward, balanced, and comprehensive history of American international relations and the major events in the nation's foreign affairs from 1897 to the present. Crucible of Power demonstrates the complexities involved in the decision-making process that led to the rise and decline of the United States (relative to the ascent of other nations) in world power status. The book focuses on the personalities, security interests, and expansionist tendencies behind the formation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and highlights the intimate relationship between foreign and domestic policy. The author also examines the historical antecedents of the nation's twentieth-century foreign policy. This volume relies on the natural chronology of historical events to organize and narrate the story as the nation's leaders saw it. Using this narrative approach, the tangled and often confusing nature of foreign affairs is uncovered without the illusion that in the past, American foreign relations took place in a well-ordered fashion. From this history, students will understand the plight of present-day policymakers who encounter an array of problems that are rarely susceptible to simple analysis and ready solution. A companion volume to this book, Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations to 1913 is also available. Crucible of Power is an indispensable core text for American diplomatic history courses and courses on twentieth-century American foreign policy.
 

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User Review  - Angelic55blonde - LibraryThing

This is a really thorough, but easy to read, overview of U.S. foreign relations since 1897. It's pretty much a textbook which means it can get dull at times but if you need a good reference book on the subject or just want to know more, then definitely pick up this book. Read full review

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wow,not so much a review.after reading the article based on the clintons role in northern ireland i am appauled by the lack of research,when was bertie the prime minister of northern ireland?and irish republican protestants?this is a disgrace to journalism

Contents

US Imperialism and the New Manifest Destiny 18971900
1
Theodore Roosevelt and the Search for World Order 19001913
28
Woodrow Wilson and Missionary Diplomacy Prologue to US Entry into World War I 19131917
53
World War I and the League of Nations 19171921
85
The Independent Internationalism of the United States 19211933
112
The Coming of World War II 19331939
135
From Europe to Pearl Harbor 19391941
163
Wartime Diplomacy and the Origins of the Cold War 19411945
191
Containment Continued The Eisenhower Years 19531961
285
Containment at the Brink Kennedy and Cuba 19611963
323
Containment in Collapse Johnson and Vietnam 19631969
354
Vietnamization through Detente A New Containment 19691977
386
The New World Order Jimmy Carter and the Diplomacy of Human Rights 19771981
420
Cold War II Reagan and the Revival of Containment 19811989
448
The End of the Cold War and Afterward 1989
486
Index
527

Cold War and Containment in Europe and the New East 19451950
227
Cold War and Containment in East Asia 19501953
261

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Howard Jones is University Research Professor in the Department of History at University of Alabama.

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