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The United States and Europe in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

By David Ryan


228 pages

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The relationship between the US and Europe in the 20th century is one of the key considerations in any understanding of international relations/international history during this period. David Ryan first sets the context by looking at the trends and traditions of America’s foreign relations in the 19th century, and then considers the changing nature of America's vision of Europe from 1900 to the present. The book examines America’s response to and involvement in the two World Wars, including the structure of international power after the First World War and American reaction to the rise of Nazi Germany. American/European relations during the Cold War (1945-1970) are discussed, and Ryan considers the contentious debate that America was trying to establish an empire by invitation. Finally, the book looks at the ever-increasing unification of Europe and how this has affected America's role and influence.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series. Publisher's Acknowledgements. Author's Acknowledgements. List Of Maps. PART ONE: BACKGROUND. 1. The Traditions of US Foreign Relations. PART TWO: THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD WARS. 2. Wilson’s Order and European Power. 3. The Inter-War System to the Second World War. PART THREE: THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE AND THE COLD WAR. 4. The Division of Europe, 1945-1956. 5. The United States and Europe. PART FOUR: THE UNITED STATES, EUROPEAN INTERGRATION AND THE END OF THE COLD WAR. 6. US Decline & European Intergration, 1973-1986

7. The End of the Cold War, 1987-2000. PART FIVE: ASSESSMENT. PART SIX: DOCUMENTS. Chronology

Glossary. Who’s Who. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

David Ryan is a Principle Lecturer in the Department of Historical and International Studies at De Montfort University.

About the Series

Seminar Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)