Toward an Entangling Alliance: American Isolationism, Internationalism, and Europe, 1901-1950

Toward an Entangling Alliance: American Isolationism, Internationalism, and Europe, 1901-1950

by Ronald Powaski


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Conceived with a dedication to manifest destiny, individual freedom, and opportunity, the United States, from its inception, made an effort to avoid political or military involvement in Europe which could conflict with its pursuit of those goals. Ronald E. Powaski's study analyzes why the United States pursued this isolationist policy, and the factors, events, and personalities which challenged it and finally necessitated its abandonment.

Powaski's chronological approach to the topic begins with historical background material which identifies the origins of isolationism as a natural outgrowth of colonial ideals. The major portion of the text is devoted to how the political, military, and economic upheavals of the twentieth century gradually forced the United States to reevaluate its isolationist policy, ultimately reaffirming its original ideals through continuing involvement in world peace organizations. A list of suggested reading and a full index complete this work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313272745
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/30/1991
Series: Contributions to the Study of World History Series , #22
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)

About the Author

RONALD E. POWASKI teaches advanced placement American history at Euclid Senior High School in Euclid, Ohio. He also teaches American history, part-time, at John Carroll University and Cleveland State University. Dr. Powaski holds a Ph. D. in history and has authored March to Armageddon: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race, 1939 to the Present and Thomas Merton on Nuclear Weapons.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: American Isolationism until 1901

The Emergence of American Internationalism, 1901-1921

Republican Isolationism, 1921-1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Aggressors, 1933-1939

The Road to War, 1939-1941

The Grand Alliance, 1941-1943

The Road to Victory, 1944-1945

The Collapse of the Grand Alliance, 1945-1947

The Creation of the North Atlantic Alliance, 1947-1950

Conclusion: The Entangling Alliance

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