By Preston, Andrew; Lawrence, Mark Atwood; Engel, Jeffrey A

How should still the USA wield its huge, immense strength past its borders? may still it adhere to grand rules or act on slim self-interest? may still it companion with different countries or stay away from entangling alliances? americans were grappling with questions like those during the nation's historical past, and particularly because the emergence of the USA as a tremendous global strength within the overdue 19th century. America within the World illuminates this background through shooting the various voices and viewpoints of a few of the main colourful and eloquent those who participated in those momentous debates.

Spanning the period from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this particular reader collects greater than 200 documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and tune lyrics. It encompasses a number of stages of yankee diplomatic heritage which are quite often taken care of individually, reminiscent of the 1st global battle, the chilly battle, and Sep 11. The publication provides the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of nation, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of alternative types of american citizens, resembling newspaper columnists, monks, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally beneficial properties a variety of records from different international locations, illustrating how foreigners considered America's function within the world.

Ideal for lecture room use, America within the World sheds gentle at the complicated interaction of political, financial, ideological, and cultural components underlying the workout of yankee energy at the worldwide stage.

  • Includes greater than 200 files from the overdue 19th century to today
  • Looks at every little thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and track lyrics
  • Presents various views, from elite policymakers to monks and novelists
  • Features records from open air the USA, illustrating how humans in different nations considered America's position within the world

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How may still the United States wield its huge, immense strength past its borders? may still it adhere to grand rules or act on slim self-interest? may still it associate with different international locations or stay away from entangling alliances? american citizens were grappling with questions like those through the nation's background, and particularly because the emergence of the U.S. as a tremendous global strength within the past due 19th century.

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Nothing could have shown Americans more clearly that they needed a foreign policy. And yet Kissinger had missed a great deal, too. His book made no mention of al-Qaeda or its leader, Osama bin Laden, and contained only a brief discussion of international terrorism. As Kissinger would be the first to admit, foreign policy priorities are apt to change, often suddenly and unpredictably. When they do, as at the end of the Cold War and after 9/11, Americans usually find themselves locked in ferocious debate over how their country should act on the world stage.

It is perfectly reasonable and legitimate, in estimating our needs of military preparation, to take into account the remoteness of the chief naval and military nations from our shores, and the consequent difficulty of maintaining operations at such a distance. It is equally proper, in framing our policy, to consider the jealousies of the European family of states, and their consequent unwillingness to incur the enmity of a people so strong as ourselves; their dread of our revenge in the future, as well as their inability to detach more than a certain part of their forces to our shores without losing much of their own weight in the councils of Europe….

Still, a decisive breaking point in the history of American interaction with the rest of the world occurred in the last few decades of the nineteenth century. A nation largely focused on economic relations with the outside world embraced an increasingly prominent role in international diplomacy, gradually joining the ranks of the European powers that had long vied for global influence. In addition, American leaders decided to equip the nation with naval forces suited not just to fighting small skirmishes but also to demonstrating America’s arrival as a great power.

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