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Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations to 1913 / Edition 2

Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations to 1913 / Edition 2

by Howard Jones


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Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations to 1913 / Edition 2

Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations to 1913, Second Edition presents a straightforward, balanced, and comprehensive history of American international relations from the American Revolution to 1913. Howard Jones demonstrates the complexities of the decision-making process that led to the rise and decline of the United States (relative to the ascent of other nations) in world power status. He focuses on the personalities, security interests, and expansionist tendencies behind the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and highlights the intimate relationship between foreign and domestic policy. This updated edition includes revisions and additions aimed at making the book more attractive to students, teachers, and general readers.

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ISBN-13: 9780742565340
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/16/2009
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Howard Jones is Research Professor 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.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xiii

1 The Revolutionary Beginnings of American Foreign Policy, 1775-1789 1

2 The Federalist Era and the Wars of the French Revolution, 1789-1801 31

3 Jeffersonian Diplomacy, 1801-1809 53

4 The War of 1812 and the Completion of American Independence, 1809-1817 77

5 The Diplomacy of Hemispheric Order, 1817-1825 97

6 To the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, 1825-1842 123

7 Destiny and Annexation: Oregon, Texas, and the Mexican War, 1842-1848 149

8 Between the Wars, 1848-1861: Young America and the Paradox of Slavery and Freedom 179

9 The Civil War, 1861-1865 205

10 Prelude to American Imperialism, 1865-1897 241

11 U.S. Imperialism and the New Manifest Destiny, 1897-1900 267

12 Theodore Roosevelt and the Search for World Order, 1900-1913 297

Index 325

About the Author 337

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Thomas M. Leonard

A readable and comprehensive survey of American foreign policy from the time of independence to the eve of World War I.
— Thomas M. Leonard, Distinguised Professor, University of North Florida

Lawrence S. Kaplan

This well-written and well-balanced book merits the attention of all students of American foreign relations.
— Lawrence S. Kaplan, Georgetown University

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