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

How may still the USA wield its huge, immense strength past its borders? should still it adhere to grand ideas or act on slim self-interest? may still it accomplice with different countries or steer clear of entangling alliances? americans were grappling with questions like those through the nation's historical past, and particularly because the emergence of the us as an incredible global energy within the overdue 19th century. America within the World illuminates this background by way of taking pictures the various voices and viewpoints of a few of the main colourful and eloquent those that participated in those momentous debates.

Spanning the period from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this specified reader collects greater than 200 documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and track lyrics. It encompasses a number of levels of yankee diplomatic historical past which are often taken care of individually, reminiscent of the 1st global struggle, the chilly struggle, and 9-11. The booklet offers the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of kingdom, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of alternative types of american citizens, corresponding to newspaper columnists, priests, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally good points quite a few records from different international locations, illustrating how foreigners seen America's position within the world.

Ideal for lecture room use, America within the World sheds gentle at the advanced interaction of political, fiscal, ideological, and cultural elements underlying the workout of yank energy at the international stage.

  • Includes greater than 200 files from the overdue 19th century to today
  • Looks at every thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and tune lyrics
  • Presents various views, from elite policymakers to monks and novelists
  • Features files from outdoors the us, illustrating how humans in different nations seen America's function within the world

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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. And in such debates, all sides refer to the past—successes and mistakes alike—in order to craft, justify, and legitimate plans for the present and future.

The production of our own supply of these articles will cut off more than one hundred millions of our annual imports, besides largely increasing our exports. With such a picture it is easy to see how our large debt abroad is ultimately to be extinguished. With a balance of trade against us … equal to the entire yield of the precious metals in this country, it is not so easy to see how this result is to be otherwise accomplished. The acquisition of San Domingo is an adherence to the “Monroe doctrine”; it is a measure of national protection; it is asserting our just claim to a controlling influence over the great commercial traffic soon to flow from west to east by way of the Isthmus of Darien; it is to build up our merchant marine; it is to furnish new markets for the products of our farms, shops, and manufactories; it is to make slavery insupportable in Cuba and Porto Rico at once, and ultimately so in Brazil; it is to settle the unhappy condition of Cuba and end an exterminating conflict; it is to provide honest means of paying our honest debts without overtaxing the people; it is to furnish our citizens with the necessaries of everyday life at cheaper rates than ever before; and it is, in fine, a rapid stride toward that greatness which the intelligence, industry, and enterprise of the citizens of the United States entitle this country to assume among nations.

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.

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