By Preston, Andrew; Lawrence, Mark Atwood; Engel, Jeffrey A

How should still the USA wield its huge, immense energy past its borders? may still it adhere to grand rules or act on slim self-interest? may still it associate with different countries or steer clear of entangling alliances? americans were grappling with questions like those in the course of the nation's historical past, and particularly because the emergence of the U.S. as a huge global strength within the past due 19th century. America within the World illuminates this historical past via taking pictures the varied voices and viewpoints of a few of the main colourful and eloquent those who participated in those momentous debates.

Spanning the period from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this particular reader collects greater than 2 hundred documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and tune lyrics. It encompasses quite a few stages of yankee diplomatic background which are often handled individually, resembling the 1st global struggle, the chilly struggle, and 9-11. The ebook provides the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of country, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of alternative types of american citizens, comparable to newspaper columnists, monks, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally positive factors quite a few files from different international locations, illustrating how foreigners considered America's function within the world.

Ideal for school room use, America within the World sheds mild at the advanced interaction of political, financial, ideological, and cultural components underlying the workout of yankee energy at the international stage.

  • Includes greater than 200 files from the overdue 19th century to today
  • Looks at every little thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and track lyrics
  • Presents diversified views, from elite policymakers to monks and novelists
  • Features files from outdoors the us, illustrating how humans in different nations seen America's position within the world

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It was a small step for many of Turner’s contemporaries to argue that the nation must find new frontiers on which to concentrate its energies. In a recent bulletin of the Superintendent of the Census for 1890 appear these significant words: “Up to and including 1880 the country had a frontier of settlement, but at present the unsettled area has been so broken into by isolated bodies of settlement that there can hardly be said to be a frontier line. ” This brief official statement marks the closing of a great historic movement.

But democratic government cannot long be sustained by mere sentiment or political philosophy. It must live in the ways of thinking and the habits of the people who have to carry it on. And experience shows that the tropics will indeed breed individual men who know how to govern others, but not great masses of men who know how to govern themselves…. In our present condition we have over all the great nations of the world one advantage of incalculable value. We are the only one that is not in any of its parts threatened by powerful neighbors; the only one not under any necessity of keeping up a large armament either on land or water for the security of its possessions; the only one that can turn all the energies of its population to productive employment; the only one that has an entirely free hand.

II. Lawrence, Mark Atwood. III. Preston, Andrew. 73009’04—dc23 2013035031 British Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available This book has been composed in Sabon Next LT Pro and Helvetica Neue LT Std Printed on acid-free paper. Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Contents Acknowledgments vii Introduction: The Long American Century 1 1 Motives of Expansion 7 2 Imperial America: War with Spain and the Philippines 32 3 Varieties of Empire 56 4 The Rise and Fall of Wilsonianism 79 5 Isolation and Intervention 107 6 World War II 131 7 The Beginning of the Cold War 157 8 The Korean War and the Cold War of the 1950s 182 9 The Nationalist Challenge 206 10 Years of Crisis 231 11 The Vietnam War 255 12 The Era of Détente 281 13 Escalating and Ending the Cold War 305 14 Globalization after the Cold War 331 15 The Age of Terror 354 Sources 379 Index 395 Acknowledgments One of the pleasures of international history is the limitless opportunity for collaboration.

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