The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations: Volume 1, The Creation of a Republican Empire, 1776-1865 / Edition 1

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Overview

The Creation of a Republican Empire traces American foreign relations from the colonial era to the end of the Civil War, paying particular attention not only to the diplomatic controversies of the era but also to the origins and development of American thought regarding international relations. The primary purpose of the book is to describe and explain, in the diplomatic context, the process by which the United States was born, transformed into a republican nation, and extended into a continental empire. Central to the story are the events surrounding the American Revolution, the constitutional Convention, the impact on the United States of the European wars touched off by the French Revolution, the Monroe Doctrine, the expansionism of the 1840s, and the ordeal of the Civil War.
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Editorial Reviews

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"These books can be read together, or, thanks to fairly broad and overlapping introductory chapters, they can be read as discrete volumes. They will certainly make an impact on the profession." Canadian Journal of History

"The Creation of a Republican Empire is skilled and absorbing diplomatic history by a scholar who masterfully combines expertise with readability." Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., City University of New York

"The Creation of a Republican Empire is skilled and absorbing diplomatic history by a scholar who masterfully combines expertise with readability." Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., City University of New York

"These books can be read together, or, thanks to fairly broad and overlapping introductory chapters, they can be read as discrete volumes. They will certainly make an impact on the profession." Canadian Journal of History

Library Journal
The four volumes in this new offering from Cambridge University Press provide a magisterial overview of American diplomatic history from the Revolution to 1991. The four authors are all recognized experts in the periods they cover. These volumes are much more than surveys; each author shares with the reader his interpretation of the larger historical themes pertinent to the events within his purview. In chronological fashion, each historian explains America's struggle as a new nation in an old world to obtain the respect it craved--finally achieved informally, and probably unwillingly, after World War I and formally after World War II--and how this effort affected the constitutional relationship between Congress and the presidency. Each volume concludes with a bibliographic essay summarizing the most important literature for the period covered. This set will serve as a standard for historical scholarship for years to come. Highly recommended for all academic and most public libraries.-- Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521483841
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. The Canvas and the Prism; Part II. The Birth of American Diplomacy; Part III. The Constitution; Part IV. Federalist Diplomacy: Realism and Anglophilia; Part V. Jefferson and Madison: the Diplomacy of Fear and Hope; Part VI. To the Monroe Doctrine; Part VII. Manifest Destiny; Part VIII. Britain, Canada and the United States; Part IX. The Republican Empire; Bibliographical Note.
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