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1st Edition

The Routledge History of U.S. Foreign Relations

Edited By

Tyson Reeder

ISBN 9780367473235
Published December 30, 2021 by Routledge
466 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge History of U.S. Foreign Relations provides a comprehensive view of U.S. diplomacy and foreign affairs from the founding to the present.

With contributions from recognized experts from around the world, this volume unveils America’s long and complicated history on the world stage. It presents the United States’ evolution from a weak player, even a European pawn, to a global hegemonic leader over the course of two and a half centuries. The contributors offer an expansive vision of U.S. foreign relations—from U.S.-Native American diplomacy in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the post-9/11 war on terror. They shed new light on well-known events and suggest future paths of research, and they capture lesser-known episodes that invite reconsideration of common assumptions about America’s place in the world. Bringing these discussions to a single forum, the book provides a strong reference source for scholars and students who seek to understand the broad themes and changing approaches to the field.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of U.S. history, political science, international relations, conflict resolution, and public policy, amongst other areas.

Table of Contents


Tyson Reeder

Part I: Major Themes

1. Locating Empire

Oliver Charbonneau

2. Race, Gender, and Diplomacy

Anne M. Blaschke

3. Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations

Lauren Frances Turek

4. Migration and U.S. Foreign Relations

Maddalena Marinari

5. Biography

David J. Ulbrich

6. Public Opinion

Steven Casey

7. Praying for Democracy: Christianity as Cultural Diplomacy in American-Occupied Japan, 1945-1952

Chad R. Diehl

Part II: Early Republic

8. Diplomacy and Independence

Jonathan R. Dull

9. No "Insult Unpunished": Trade and War in the Mediterranean and North Africa, 1785-1805

James R. Sofka

10. Britain, France, and the Road to War

Tyson Reeder

11. The Colossus of the North: The Iberian Empires and the United States, 1776-1823

Edward P. Pompeian

12. China-Oriented: Early American Trade with Asia

Rachel Tamar Van

Part III: Age of Manifest Destiny

13. Before Domestic Dependent Nationhood: Entanglements of Indigenous Diplomacy and U.S. Foreign Policy

Loren Michael Mortimer

14. U.S.-Mexico Relations in the Era of Manifest Destiny

Mary E. Mendoza

15. Civil War Diplomacy

Hugh Dubrulle

16. An Interplay between Manifest Destiny and American Capitalism: Early U.S.-Asia Relations

Anna Wei Marshall

Part IV: World Wars

17. Russian Roulette: The United States of America’s Response to the Revolutions in Russia during World War I

Elizabeth Elsbach

18. The United States and Latin America and the Caribbean, c.1898-1940

Olivia Saunders

19. Where Culture Met Policy: U.S. Foreign Policy toward Europe During World War II

Katy Hull

20. More Than a Springboard for U.S. Cold War Hegemony: Asia and World War II

Michael R. Jin

21. Keeping the Peace? : A Closer Look at U.S. Foreign Relations in the Postwar Period

Kaete O’Connell

Part V: Cold War Era

22. Balancing Needs: A Reassessment of Eisenhower's Foreign Policy

Justin Quinn Olmstead

23. Vietnam: History as Tragedy

Fabian Hilfrich

24. China and United States During the Cold War: Bridging Two Eras

Elizabeth O'Brien Ingleson

25. American Policy in the Middle East during the Cold War: Interests, Constraints, and Decision-making

Galen Jackson

26. Decolonization, Human Rights, and Anti-Communism: U.S.-African Relations in the Cold War Era

Heidi Morefield

27. U.S. Policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean during the Cold War

Peter M. Sanchez

Part VI: Global Hegemony

28. Global Hegemony and American Foreign Policy: From the Cold War’s End to 9/11

Spencer D. Bakich

29. Paved with Good Intentions: U.S. Foreign Policy after 9/11

deRaismes Combes and Andrew L. Peek

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Tyson Reeder is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia, USA, where he is an editor with the Papers of James Madison and specializes in Madison’s tenure as secretary of state.