Days of Decision: Turning Points in U.S. Foreign Policy

Days of Decision: Turning Points in U.S. Foreign Policy

by Michael J. Nojeim, David P. Kilroy

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Overview

Days of Decision spans a century of American foreign policymaking, from the Spanish- American War of 1898 to the attacks of September 11, 2001. Michael J. Nojeim and David P. Kilroy carefully examine twelve foreign-policy landmarks, each of which played a crucial role in shaping world history and led to profound changes in U.S. foreign policy. Devoting one chapter to each turning point, they place it in its proper historical context, explore its political consequences—primarily the debates and divisions that arose among policymakers—and discuss the aftermath, focusing on its lasting influence on world affairs and the conduct of American diplomacy and foreign affairs.This accessible, introductory text provides students of foreign policy and international relations a deeper understanding of these disciplines’ processes and of America’s place in the world.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597975261
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Michael J. Nojeim is a program coordinator and associate professor of political science at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. He has published articles on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and nonviolent resistance. He is the author of Gandhi and King: The Power of Nonviolent Resistance (2004). He lives in Tomball, Texas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

List of Abbreviations xi

Introduction xiii

1 The Sinking of the Maine and the War of 1898 1

2 The Lusitania Crisis and U.S. Entry into World War I 19

3 The Attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II 39

4 The Korean War and the Cold War in Asia 57

5 The Sputnik Crisis and the Nuclear Age 77

6 The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Brink of Nuclear War 95

7 The Tet Offensive and the Vietnam War 117

8 The U.S. Opening to China and Detente 145

9 The October 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the Energy Crisis 165

10 The Islamic Revolution in Iran and the American Hostage Crisis 185

11 The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the End of the Cold Wat 207

12 The September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks 231

Conclusion 257

Notes 263

Bibliography 289

Index 299

About the Authors 311

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