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The History of American Foreign Policy from 1895

4th Edition

By Jerald A Combs


560 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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This important text offers a clear, concise and affordable narrative and analytical history of American foreign policy since the Spanish-American War. The book narrates events and policies but goes further to emphasize the international setting and constraints within which American policy-makers had to operate, the domestic pressures on those policy-makers, and the ideologies, preferences, and personal idiosyncrasies of the leaders themselves.

Table of Contents

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1. The Spanish-American War and the Decision for Empire

2. The Surge into Asia: Empire in the Philippines and the Open Door in China

3. The Surge into Latin America: Varieties of American Empire

4. Europe, America, and World War I

5. The United States and the Peace of Versailles

6. U.S. Foreign Policy Between the World Wars

7. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Coming of World War II

8. The Diplomacy of World War II and the Seeds of the Cold War

9. Harry Truman and the Onset of the Cold War

10. The New Look of Dwight D. Eisenhower

11. John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and the Strategy of Flexible Response

12. The Vietnam War

13. Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger: Manipulating the Balance of Power

14. Time Bombs in the Middle East

15. Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and the Demise of Détente, 1976-1984

16. The End of the Cold War

17. American Foreign Policy in the Aftermath of the Cold War

18. 9/11

19. Barack Obama and the Post-9/11 World


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century