3rd Edition

The History of American Foreign Policy: v.1: To 1920

By Jerald A. Combs Copyright 2008

    Now thoroughly updated, this respected text provides a clear, concise, and affordable narrative and analytical history of American foreign policy from the revolutionary period to the present. This edition includes an all-new chapter on the George W. Bush presidency, 9/11, and the war in Iraq. The historiographical essays at the end of each chapter have been revised to reflect the most recent scholarship."The History of American Foreign Policy" chronicles events and policies with emphasis on 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. The new edition also provides expanded coverage of the role of cultural and intellectuual factors in setting up the problems faced by U.S. policy-makers, as well as new materials on globalization and the War on Terror.

    The motivation for this book was provided by The IUTAM Symposium on Flow in Collapsible Tubes and Past Other Highly Compliant Boundaries held on 26-30 March, 2001 at the University of Warwick. As this was the first scientific meeting on this research topic, the Scientific Committee considered it important to mark the occasion by producing a book. They did not wish to produce a conventional proceedings comprising a large number of brief articles of varying quality. Instead the present volume consists of twelve rigorously refereed and edited articles by invited authors who aim to sum up the state of the art in their particular research area. There are articles on flow in collapsible tubes, that include descriptions and discussion of biomedical applications; on instability of external, internal and rotating flows pas compliant walls; on the use of wall compliance for drag reduction and turbulence modification; and on dolphin hydrodynamics.


    Jerald A. Combs (PhD, UCLA 1964) is professor of history emeritus at San Francisco State University, where he retired after serving nine years as chair of the History Department and two years as dean of undergraduate studies. He is the author of The Jay Treaty: Political Battleground of the Founding Fathers (1970) and American Diplomatic History: Two Centuries of Changing Interpretations (1983). His latest publication is “A Missed Chance for Peace? Opportunities for Détente in Europe,” in The Cold War After Stalin’s Death: A Missed Opportunity for Peace? edited by Klaus Larres and Kenneth Osgood (2006).