United States in the World

Series Editors:

This series focuses on the United States’ interaction with and impact on world societies in key sectors of activity, with an interdisciplinary bent, in the globalizing 21st century. With relatively short books written at the college level and popular for the general public, as well, United States in the World places key topics in US history in international perspective, seeking to address the questions: What special contributions or limitations have resulted from US activities during a period when it has maintained a preeminent power position in world affairs? Has there been an "American flavor," for better or worse, to US efforts? Has there been a gap between apparent US intentions and actual results and reception in various parts of the world? How have international efforts in the sector affected internal developments in the US during the period?

These books do not assume US superiority or unchallenged dominance. They do identify areas where American people, ideas, and institutions have deliberately sought a global role in recent decades, assessing the nature and quality of their results and their interplay with other regional and global actors. Considering appropriate, variable historical focuses, books include a final section on the relevant current situation in the topic area. Historians with an interest in the contemporary period will be crucial contributors, but the series also recruits historically-minded scholars in Communication Studies and the various social sciences, especially Politics and International Studies. College courses from all those areas and beyond will be the natural home for these books.

A variety of topics are explored

Race, Gender, Religion

Human & Civil Rights

Trade & the Global Economy

Migration & Immigration

The Military, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy

Engineering, Technology, Public Health

Energy & the Environment

Media & Social Media

Management & Business


  • Global Great Depression and the Coming of World War II

    1st Edition

    By John E. Moser

    The Global Great Depression and the Coming of World War II demonstrates the ways in which the economic crisis of the late 1920s and early 1930s helped to cause and shape the course of the Second World War. Historian John E. Moser points to the essential uniformity in the way in which the world s…

    Paperback – 2015-07-30
    United States in the World

  • American Slavery, Atlantic Slavery, and Beyond

    The U.S. "Peculiar Institution" in International Perspective, 1st Edition

    By Enrico Dal Lago

    American Slavery, Atlantic Slavery, and Beyond provides an up-to-date summary of past and present views of American slavery in international perspective and suggests new directions for current and future comparative scholarship. It argues that we can better understand the nature and meaning of…

    Paperback – 2013-03-30
    United States in the World

  • Diverse Nations

    Explorations in the History of Racial and Ethnic Pluralism, 1st Edition

    By George M. Fredrickson

    One of the world's leading historians of race relations, George Fredrickson in his newest book probes the history of racial and ethnic diversity in the United States and other parts of the world. Diverse Nations explores recent interpretations of slavery and race relations in the United States and…

    Paperback – 2009-01-30
    United States in the World

  • From Alienation to Addiction

    Modern American Work in Global Historical Perspective, 1st Edition

    By Peter N. Stearns

    Over the past two hundred years, work experiences have changed greatly, causing new issues such as heightened boredom and alienation, but also new levels of obsession with work. This book looks at the modern changes in work, examining global patterns but also special features of the work culture in…

    Paperback – 2008-09-30
    United States in the World

  • Revolutions in Sorrow

    The American Experience of Death in Global Perspective, 1st Edition

    By Peter N. Stearns

    Huge changes have occurred in both the physical facts of death and in the cultural modes that guide our reactions to it. These changes also affect policy issues ranging from punishments for crimes to birth control to the conduct of war. This book explores the impacts of these changes upon both…

    Paperback – 2007-08-30
    United States in the World