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The book describes the history of the foreign relations of the United States during 1913-1945, the period of two world wars as well as of momentous changes that brought to an end the period of European domination. The United States emerged as the key global power, actively participating in wars but also promoting trade and investment activities throughout the world, as well as "Americanizing" other countries' ways of life and habits of thought. The book is thus not a usual survey of foreign policy decisions but tells a story about America's growing involvement in all parts of the world and in all aspects of twentieth-century life.
Part I. The Age of European Domination: 1. The rise of the west; 2. The emergence of modern states; Part II. The Great War and American Neutrality: 3. The American question in Europe; 4. American interests and visions; 5. America in Asia and Latin America; Part III. The United States In War: 6. America goes to war; 7. War as a crusade; 8. Wilson and Lenin; Part IV. The Versailles Peace: 1. The new peace; 9. The economics of the new peace; 10. Wilsonianism confirmed - and betrayed; Part V. The 1920s: The Security Aspect: 11. Disarmament; 12. Peace in Europe and Asia - and elsewhere; 13. Coping with revolutionary nationalism; Part VI. The 1920s: The Economic Aspect: 14. The diplomacy of the dollar; 15. Business civilisation; Part VII. The 1920s: The Cultural Aspect: 16. Peace as an ideology; 17. Peace through cultural exchange; 18. The Americanisation of the world; Part VIII. The Collapse of International Order: 19. The world economy in disarray; 20. Japan's challenge to world order; 21. Liberalism under attack; Part IX. Totalitarianism and the Survival of Democracy: 22. Totalitarianism and war; 23. The democracies and war; 24. The isolationist impulse; Part X. The Emergence of Geopolitics: 25. Wars in Asia and Europe; 26. America re-enters the international arena; 27. The growth of geopolitical-mindedness; Part XI. The Road to Pearl Harbor: 28. The European war and US neutrality; 29. The axis vs the democracies; 30. Japan attacks the United States; Part XII. The Global Conflict: 31. The diplomacy of war; 32. The new internationalism; 33. Toward a postwar world; 34. Conclusion; Notes.