No event shaped the twentieth century more than World War II, and no leader shaped the conduct of the war and the formation of the modern world more than President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In this anthology, leading scholars examine Roosevelt's role in the international arena, focusing on his diplomacy with Europe, Russia, the Baltic States, Canada, and the Caribbean; his relations with American Jews in the face of the Holocaust; his military appointments; and the operation of the Civilian War Services Division.
Introduction, Thomas C. Howard; 1. FDR's Foreign Policy Persona, Chris Van Aller; 2. FDR's Leadership before World War II: The Concept of Anticipatory Reaction, Manfred Landecker; 3. Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Strategic Vulnerability, David Esposito; 4. FDR and Limited War in Europe: A Plausible Middle Course? Stephen O. Bunch; 5. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Russia, 1933-1941, William E. Kinsella, Jr.; 6. FDR and the Baltic States, Maris A. Mantenieks; 7. FDR's Admiral Diplomats: The Diplomacy of Expediency, Calvin W. Hines; 8. "A Grand and Glorious Thing:" The Team of Mackenzie and Roosevelt, Elizabeth R.B. Elliott-Meisel; 9. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Caribbean, and the Post-Colonial World, Thomas C. Howard; 10. Soldiers on the Home Front: Protecting the Four Freedoms, Julia M. Siebel; 11. The American Jewish Community, the Roosevelt Administration, and the Holocaust, Carol Silverman