Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations / Edition 2

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Originally published in 1991, Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations has become an indispensable volume, for teachers and students in international history and political science, and general readers seeking an introduction to American diplomatic history. This collection of essays highlights the conceptual approaches and analytical methods used to study the history of American foreign relations, including bureaucratic, dependency, and world systems theories, as well as corporatist and national security models. Along with substantially revised essays from the first edition, this volume presents new material on postcolonial theory, borderlands history, modernization theory, gender, race, memory, cultural transfer, and critical theory. It seeks to define the study of American international history, stimulate research in fresh directions, and encourage cross-disciplinary thinking, in an increasingly transnational, globalizing world.
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"...essential reading for anyone interested in history, the bombing of Hiroshima, education, or American culture...I highly recommend this book." Pacific Reader
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521540353
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
1 Introduction 1
2 Defining and Doing the History of United States Foreign Relations: A Primer 10
3 Toward a Pluralist Vision: The Study of American Foreign Relations as International History and National History 35
4 Theories of International Relations 51
5 Bureaucratic Politics 91
6 Psychology 103
7 National Security 123
8 Corporatism 137
9 World Systems 149
10 Dependency 162
11 Considering Borders 176
12 The Global Frontier: Comparative History and the Frontier-Borderlands Approach 194
13 Modernization Theory 212
14 Ideology 221
15 Culture and International History 241
16 Cultural Transfer 257
17 Reading for Meaning: Theory, Language, and Metaphor 279
18 What's Gender Got to Do with It? Gender History as Foreign Relations History 304
19 Race to Insight: The United States and the World, White Supremacy and Foreign Affairs 323
20 Memory and Understanding U.S. Foreign Relations 336
Index 353
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