Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, this reader uses a carefully-selected group of primary sources and analytical essays to allow students to test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions on the material presented.
Dennis Merrill, a professor of history and department chair at the University of MissouriKansas City, received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Bread and the Ballot: The United States and India's Economic Development, 19471963. The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations honored him with a Stuart L. Bernath Article Prize, and he has received two Fulbright awards to India. His current research interests focus on U.S.Third World relations during the Cold War and the history of international tourism.
Thomas Paterson is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. He is the general editor of Houghton Mifflin's Major Problems series, co-author of Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, 5/e, (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) and is co-author of A People and A Nation, 6/e (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). In addition to authoring several books and editing collections of essays on the history of U.S. Foreign Relations, he served as senior editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations (1997). He is part president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.