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US Foreign Policy since 1945

2nd Edition

By Alan Dobson, Alan P. Dobson, Steve Marsh, Steve Marsh


288 pages

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US Foreign Policy since 1945 is an essential introduction to postwar US foreign policy. It combines chronologic and thematic chapters to provide an historical account of US policy and to explore key questions about its design, control and effects.

New features of this second edition include:

  • expanded coverage of the Cold War
  • new chapters on the post-Cold War era
  • a chronology and a new conclusion that draws together key themes and looks to the future.

Covering topics from American foreign policy-making, US power and democratic control, through to Cold War debates, economic warfare, WMDs and the war on terrorism, US Foreign Policy since 1945 is the ideal introduction to the topic for students of politics and international relations.


'Those in quest of a comprehensive and empirically rich treatment of American foreign policy since the ending of the Second World War… can stop searching, for this is their book.' - International Journal

Table of Contents

1. US Foreign Policy: Evolution, Formulation and Execution 2. The US and the Cold War: Explanation and Containment, 1945–61 3. Superpower Collaboration and Confrontation US Containment Policy, 1950–91 4. Economic Statecraft 1945–1989 5. The US and Europe, 1950–89 6. Hegemony and the Western Hemisphere 7. The US and Asia, 1945–89 8. The US, Africa and the Middle East, 1945–89 9. Power and Purpose: The End of the Cold War and New Challenges for American Foreign Policy 10. The US and Post-Cold War Europe 11. The US and Post-Cold War Africa and the Middle East 12. The Western Hemisphere and Asia in the Post-Cold War World 13. Conclusion

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The Making of the Contemporary World

The Making of the Contemporary World series provides accessible interpretations of contemporary issues and debates within strongly defined historical frameworks. The range of the series is global, with each volume drawing together material from a range of disciplines - including economics, politics and sociology. The books in this series present compact, indispensable introductions for students studying the modern world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / General