A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s

A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s

by Daniel J. Sargent


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During the 1970s, American foreign policy faced a predicament of clashing imperatives-US decision makers, already struggling to maintain stability and devise strategic frameworks to guide the exercise of American power during the Cold War, found themselves hampered by the emergence of dilemmas that would come to a head in the post-Cold War era. Their choices proved to be of enormous consequence for the development of American foreign policy in the final decades of the twentieth century and beyond.

In A Superpower Transformed, Daniel J. Sargent chronicles how policymakers across three administrations worked to manage complex international changes in a tumultuous era. Drawing on many newly-released archival documents and interviews with key figures, including President Jimmy Carter and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Sargent explores the collision of geopolitics and globalization that defined the decade. From the Nixon administration's efforts to stabilize a faltering Pax Americana; to Henry Kissinger's attempts to devise new strategies to manage or mitigate the consequences of economic globalization after the oil crisis of 1973-74; to the Carter administration's embrace of human rights promotion as a central task for foreign policy, Sargent explores the challenges that afflicted US policymakers in the 1970s, offering new insights into the complexities that emerged as the new forces of globalization and human rights transformed the United States as a superpower.

A sweeping reinterpretation of a pivotal era, A Superpower Transformed is a must-read for anyone interested in U.S. foreign relations, American politics, globalization, economic policy, human rights, and contemporary American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190672164
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 667,837
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Daniel J. Sargent is Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley. He is the co-editor of The Shock of the Global: The International History of the 1970s.

Table of Contents

1. Pax Americana

Part I. Reaching Backward
2. In Pursuit of Primacy
3. Geopolitics and Humanitarianism
4. The Dollar in Decline
5. Oil Shocked

Part II Stumbling Forward
6. Managing Interdependence
7. Human Rights and Detente
8. World Order Politics
9. The Revenge of Geopolitics


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