America and the World

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How should the United States have handled key events and problems in its history of relations with other world nations? This resource will help students evaluate the arguments on both sides of the issues, the personalities involved, how the issues were decided and why, and the long-term impact of those decisions on the future of the nation. This complete student resource guide provides a wealth of material for student debate and research on thirteen pivotal events in the history of United States foreign relations. A narrative overview of each event, expert analysis, the text of primary source pro and con documents contemporary to the time of the event, and ready reference materials will help students understand the conflicting issues behind these events and apply critical thinking skills to their evaluation of those issues. The documents provide insight into the views of people involved in the decisions, actions, and criticisms of each event covered.

From George Washington's Farewell Address, which advocated American neutrality, to the Reagan-Gorbachev agreement at Reykjavik, United States relations with the rest of the world have swung back and forth from isolationist to interventionist. Each entry contains an introductory discussion and analysis of the event, followed by the text of primary documents reflecting a variety of viewpoints contemporary to the time of the event on how the United States should deal with the problem or issue. A narrative introduction to United States relations with the rest of the world in historical context, a helpful bibliographic research guide for each event, including recommended websites and videos, and a timeline of key events will aid the student researcher. This is an ideal resource for student research and classroom debate.

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Editorial Reviews

The latest entry in the series Major Issues in American History provides historical overview and analysis with original papers, essays, and articles for a student research audience. Girard chose thirteen pivotal events in U.S. international affairs, providing contextual scrutiny of circumstances, key players, and long-term influence followed by symbolic excerpted or whole documents. The documents highlight arguments surrounding each event and supply excellent insight into the rationales, fears, concerns, and raging debates related to them. Arranged chronologically, each chapter builds on previous chapters and documents, as Girard thoughtfully points out historically significant departures and reiteration of American international policy. Most events are concentrated in the twentieth century, and topics specifically encompass the Declaration of Neutrality; Monroe Doctrine; Trent Affair; Open Door Policy; World War I; Kellogg-Briand Pact; Good Neighbor Policy; Neutrality and World War II; Potsdam Conference; Red Scare; Paris Peace Accords; Camp David; and the Reykjavik Summit. The chapter concerning America's "Open Door" to Asia, begins with Girard's balanced introduction of key players, their concerns, and historical events. Documents include a speech by pro-imperialist Albert Beveridge; Secretary John Hay's Open Door Note; Russian reply to Hay's note; and an 1899 Atlantic Monthly article on U.S.-Chinese affairs. This challenging title is a particularly strong resource for students involved in debate, U.S. history, and Advance Placement (AP) coursework. Unfortunately, the index lacks thoroughness for quick reference, and each chapter must be read completely to gain all relevantinformation. Nevertheless Girard's contribution is recommended for high school and public libraries serving large student populations. Index. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Chronology. 2002, Greenwood, 328p. PLB
— Lora Morgaine Shinn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313312922
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2001
  • Series: Major Issues in American History
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

JOLYON P. GIRARD is Professor in the History and Political Science Department at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania, where he received the Lindbach Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Chronology of Events
1 Introduction 1
2 Neutrality and the Farewell Address: Founding Principles in American International Relations 9
3 The Monroe Doctrine: The United States and the Hemisphere 27
4 The Trent Affair: International Affairs during the Civil War 45
5 The Open Door Notes: America and Asia 65
6 The Fourteen Points: Woodrow Wilson, the United States, and World War I 85
7 The Kellogg-Briand Pact: Pacifism in the 1920s 103
8 The Good Neighbor Policy 125
9 The Neutrality Acts and American Entry into World War II 145
10 Potsdam: The Last Wartime Conference 167
11 Joseph McCarthy and the Red Scare 189
12 Vietnam and the Paris Peace Accords: America's Longest War 209
13 The Camp David Accords: The Search for Peace in the Middle East 231
14 The Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in Reykjavik: The End of the Cold War 255
15 Epilogue 277
Annotated, Selected Bibliography 285
Index 299
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