A Concise History of U.S. Foreign Policy / Edition 2

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Overview

Now in a fully updated edition, this knowledgeable and reader-friendly text gives a conceptual and historical overview of American foreign relations from the founding to the present. Providing students with a solid and readily understandable framework for evaluating American foreign policy decisions, Joyce Kaufman clearly explain key decisions and why they were made. Compact yet thorough, the book offers instructors a concise introduction that can be easily supplemented with other sources.

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Editorial Reviews

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PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
Kaufman offers a work for political science students that focuses on overarching themes (e.g., national interest), decision processes (e.g., interplay within the executive), and decision makers (e.g., the president, Congress). Recommended.
James Goldgeier
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
Joyce Kaufman's A Concise History of U.S. Foreign Policy is a wonderfully readable guide. It will be a welcome addition to the classroom.
Barry Hughes
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
Sometimes shorter is better. This compact and carefully written text skillfully analyzes the steady growth of American international reach and the irregular patterns of its involvement abroad.
Donald M. Snow
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
Written in a lively, student-friendly manner on a subject—the evolution of U.S. foreign policy—with which students are woefully unfamiliar, this slender volume fills a vital role for those instructors who want to acquaint their students with the sweep of the American foreign policy experience without overwhelming the course. The style is lively and engaging. I found the discussion of the early Cold War particularly valuable. A recommended supplement.
Kristen Williams
A welcome addition to texts on U.S. foreign policy. The book provides a very comprehensive and yet succinct overview of theories, the history of U.S. foreign policy from the founding of the country, and a contemporary analysis of foreign policy and considerations for the future. The inclusion of a feminist analysis, which is often neglected in most texts, is also appreciated. The writing is very accessible to students, linking their own lives to how and why foreign policy matters to them.
Robert Strong
Teachers of American foreign policy often struggle to find the right balance between diplomatic history and contemporary policy debates. In a short and highly readable text, Joyce Kaufman gets the balance just right and provides an anchor for building effective classroom discussions about where we have come from and where we might be headed.
Andrew F. Clark
A very good, concise summary suitable for undergraduate students in U.S. International Relations.
Kristen P. Williams
A welcome addition to texts on U.S. foreign policy. The book provides a very comprehensive and yet succinct overview of theories, the history of U.S. foreign policy from the founding of the country, and a contemporary analysis of foreign policy and considerations for the future. The inclusion of a feminist analysis, which is often neglected in most texts, is also appreciated. The writing is very accessible to students, linking their own lives to how and why foreign policy matters to them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742567108
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce P. Kaufman is professor of political science and director of the Center for Engagement with Communities at Whittier College.

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Table of Contents

1 Setting the stage for understanding U.S. foreign policy 1
2 Unilateralism to engagement : the founding to the end of World War I 29
3 The interwar years through World War II 55
4 The Cold War 75
5 Beyond the Cold War 115
6 What next for U.S. foreign policy? 145
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