This volume includes state-of-the-art essays and historiographical surveys of American foreign relations since 1941 by some of the country's leading diplomatic historians. The essays in part one offer sweeping overviews of the major trends in the field of diplomatic history. Part two features essays that survey the literature on US relations with particular regions of the world or on the foreign policies of presidential administrations. The result is the most comprehensive assessment of the literature on US foreign policy to be published in nearly twenty years.
Part I. The State of the Art: 1. State of the Art: An Introduction Michael J. Hogan; 2. 'Revising postrevisionism', or, the poverty of theory in diplomatic history Bruce Cumings; 3. New approaches, old interpretations, and prospective reconfigurations Melvyn P. Leffler; 4. The long crisis in diplomatic history: coming to closure Michael H. Hunt; 5. Commentaries Bruce Cumings, Melvyn P. Leffler, Michael H. Hunt; Part II. The Historiography of American Foreign Relations Since 1941: 6. The historiography of american foreign relations: an introduction Michael J. Hogan; 7. A half-century of conflict: interpretations of US World War II diplomacy Mark A. Stoler; 8. The decision to use the bomb: a historiographical Update J. Samuel Walker; 9. Origins of the Cold War in europe and the near east: recent historiography and the national security imperative Howard Jones, Randall B. Woods; 10. Making known the unknown war: policy analysis of the Korean conflict since the early 1980s Rosemary Foot; 11. Eisenhower revisionism Stephen G. Rabe; 12. John F. Kennedy as world leader: a perspective on the literature Burton I. Kaufman; 13. The unending debate: historians and the Vietnam War Gary R. Hess; 14. Complaints, self-justifications, and analysis: the historiography of american foreign relations since 1969 Robert D. Schulzinger; 15. An emerging synthesis? US-Latin American relations since the Second World War Mark T. Gilderhus; 16. Gideon's band: america and the middle east since 1945 Douglas Little; 17. The Cold War in asia: the elusive synthesis Robert J. McMahon; 18. The power of money: the historiography of american economic diplomacy Diane B. Kunz; 19. Coming in from the Cold War: the historiography of american intelligence, 1945–1900 John Ferris.