A Concise History of U.s. Foreign Policy

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-15
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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Now in a fully updated edition, this knowledgeable and reader-friendly text gives a conceptual and historical overview of American foreign relations from the founding to the present. Providing students with a solid and readily understandable framework for evaluating American foreign policy decisions, Joyce Kaufman clearly explains key decisions and why they were made. Compact yet thorough, the book offers instructors a concise introduction that can be easily supplemented with other sources.

Author Biography

Joyce P. Kaufman is professor of political science and director of the Whittier Scholars Program at Whittier College.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Setting the Stage for Understanding U.S. Foreign Policyp. 1
Introduction to U.S. Foreign Policyp. 4
What Is Foreign Policy?p. 8
Foreign Policy Orientationsp. 14
Theory and Contextp. 17
Identifying Themesp. 18
Who Makes Foreign Policy and Why Are Particular Decisions Made?p. 19
Who Is Affected by U.S. Foreign Policy Decisions?p. 24
Setting the Stagep. 27
Unilateralism to Engagement: The Founding to the End of World War Ip. 31
The Beginningp. 32
Manifest Destiny, the Monroe Doctrine, and Westward Expansionp. 36
The Civil Warp. 41
The Spanish-American Warp. 42
The Scramble for Concessionsp. 44
The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrinep. 45
March to World War Ip. 46
U.S. Involvement in Russiap. 50
Domestic Issues: The Executive and Legislative Branchesp. 51
The Shifting National Interestp. 52
Applying Foreign Policy Concepts: The Spanish-American Warp. 54
The Interwar Years through World War IIp. 57
Interwar Americap. 58
Warp. 66
The United Nations: Defining the Postwar Worldp. 70
The End of Isolationismp. 72
Applying Foreign Policy Concepts: Realism versus Idealism in International Organizationsp. 74
The Cold Warp. 77
The Early Years of the Cold Warp. 79
1947: The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Planp. 84
The Escalation of the Cold War: Berlin to Koreap. 89
Eisenhowerp. 94
The Kennedy Yearsp. 97
Johnson: Vietnam and the Great Societyp. 100
Nixonp. 104
Carterp. 109
Growing Engagementp. 110
Applying Foreign Policy Concepts: The Tonkin Gulf Resolution and the Lessons of Vietnamp. 111
Beyond the Cold War: Reagan through Clintonp. 115
From Cold War to Democratic Revolutionsp. 116
George H. W. Bush and the ˘New World Order÷p. 121
The Clinton Yearsp. 125
Rethinking Foreign Policy Prior to 9/11p. 134
Applying Foreign Policy Concepts: The Use of U.S. Troops for Humanitarian Purposesp. 135
September 11 and Afterp. 139
George W. Bush: Foreign Policy Before and After September 11p. 140
September 11 and the Responsesp. 142
The Obama Administration: The First Yearp. 153
Bush versus Obamap. 162
Applying Foreign Policy Concepts: Response to September 11p. 163
The Future of U.S. Foreign Policyp. 167
The Cold War as a Framework for U.S. Foreign Policyp. 167
The Actors and the Domestic Balance of Powerp. 174
Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy in the Futurep. 175
Notesp. 177
Suggested Readingsp. 207
Booksp. 207
Websitesp. 208
Indexp. 211
About the Authorp. 223
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