1st Edition

The Routledge History of U.S. Foreign Relations

Edited By Tyson Reeder Copyright 2022
    466 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    466 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.