Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations from 1897 / Edition 1

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In this updated edition of Crucible of Power, Howard Jones has included a number of revisions and additions aimed at making the book more attractive to students, teachers, and general readers. A new final chapter brings the story of America's foreign relations as close to the present as possible by focusing on President George W. Bush and his dealing with 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the global war on terrorism. Among other changes, every chapter now has at least one excerpt from a key document of the period, allowing the reader to examine historical evidence firsthand in hopes of providing a feel for the period involved, promoting an understanding of history through the eyes of its participants, and showing how the historian determines the important facts relevant to reconstructing a meaningful narrative.

About the Author:
Howard Jones is University Research Professor of History at the University of Alabama

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Editorial Reviews

Richard H. Immerman
Howard Jones draws on his remarkable breadth as a historian of U.S. foreign relations to produce a distinguished survey of America's growth from an emerging power in the 1890s to its present-day position of global preeminence. His exposition is precise; his sources, exhaustive; his illustrations, revealing; his arguments, lucid. Professor Jones fully recognizes the complexity, inconsistency, and idiosyncrasy that is the hallmark of America's engagement with the world, yet his presentation navigates a century of international rapids with an ease that students will welcome and with an authority that instructors will appreciate.
Mark T. Gilderhus
Straightforward and direct, Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations from 1897 provides students with an accessible means for gaining entrée into the history of American foreign relations. It also shows some of the distinctive aspects of American statecraft, notably a concern for the impact of economic and strategic realities, as well as an ideological commitment in defense of national ideals and human rights. The author's balanced approach is exemplary.
Joseph A. Fry
In a volume characteristic of his broad-ranging and important scholarship on U.S. foreign relations, Professor Jones has written a comprehensive, tempered, and highly accessible narrative account of the nation's twentieth-century international involvements. While demonstrating the complexities facing U.S. policymakers and the limitations on their choices and actions, Jones offers a balanced and probing assessment of their successes and failures.
Jones (history, U. of Alabama) demonstrates the complexities of the decision-making process that led to the rise and decline of the US relative to the ascent of other nations in world power status. He focuses on the personalities, security interests, and expansionist tendencies. The approach is narrative, he says, because a thematic approach would impose a design on events that did not exist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842029186
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 555
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Jones is research professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. A recipient of both the John F. Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award for teaching and research and the Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award, he teaches courses in American foreign relations and the U.S.-Vietnam War.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
1 U.S. Imperialism and the New Manifest Destiny, 1897-1900 1
2 Theodore Roosevelt and the Search for World Order, 1900-1913 28
3 Woodrow Wilson and Missionary Diplomacy: Prologue to U.S. Entry into World War I, 1913-1917 53
4 World War I and the League of Nations, 1917-1921 85
5 The Independent Internationalism of the United States, 1921-1933 112
6 The Coming of World War II, 1933-1939 135
7 From Europe to Pearl Harbor, 1939-1941 163
8 Wartime Diplomacy and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1945 191
9 Cold War and Containment in Europe and the Near East, 1945-1950 227
10 Cold War and Containment in East Asia, 1950-1953 261
11 Containment Continued: The Eisenhower Years, 1953-1961 285
12 Containment at the Brink: Kennedy and Cuba, 1961-1963 323
13 Containment in Collapse: Johnson and Vietnam, 1963-1969 354
14 Vietnamization through Detente: A New Containment, 1969-1977 386
15 The New World Order: Jimmy Carter and the Diplomacy of Human Rights, 1977-1981 420
16 Cold War II: Reagan and the Revival of Containment, 1981-1989 448
17 The End of the Cold War ... and Afterward, 1989- 486
Index 527
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