From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations since 1776

Paperback | May 11, 2011

byGeorge C. Herring

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A finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, this prize-winning and critically acclaimed history uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from thirteen disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to theworld's greatest superpower. George C. Herring tells a story of stunning successes and sometimes tragic failures, captured in a fast-paced narrative that illuminates the central importance of foreign relations to the existence and survival of the nation, and highlights its ongoing impact on the lives of ordinary citizens. Heshows how policymakers defined American interests broadly to include territorial expansion, access to growing markets, and the spread of an "American way" of life. And Herring does all this in a story rich in human drama and filled with epic events. Statesmen such as Benjamin Franklin and Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman and Dean Acheson played key roles in America's rise to world power. But America's expansion as a nation also owes much to the adventurers and explorers, the sea captains, merchants and captains of industry, the missionaries anddiplomats, who discovered or charted new lands, developed new avenues of commerce, and established and defended the nation's interests in foreign lands. From Colony to Superpower captures all this as it tells the dramatic story of America's emergence as superpower - its birth in revolution, itstroubled present, and its uncertain future.

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A finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, this prize-winning and critically acclaimed history uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from thirteen disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to theworld's greatest superpower. George C. Herri...

George C. Herring is Alumni Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Kentucky. A leading authority on U.S. foreign relations, he is the former editor of Diplomatic History and a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He is the author of America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1056 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. "To Begin the World Over Again": Foreign Policy and the Birth of the Republic, 1776-17782. "None Who Can Make Us Afraid": The New Republic in a Hostile World, 1789-18013. "Purified as by Fire": Republicanism Challenged and Reaffirmed, 1801-18154. "Leave the Rest to Us": The Assertive Republic, 1815-18375. "A Dose of Arsenic": Slavery, Expansionism, and the Road to Disunion, 1837-18616. "Last Best Hope": The Union, the Confederacy, and Civil War Diplomacy, 1861-18777. "A Good Enough England": Foreign Relations in the Gilded Age, 1877-18938. The War of1898 and the Dawn of the American Century, 1893-19019. "Bursting with Good Intentions": The United States in World Affairs, 1901-191310. "A New Age": Wilson, the Great War, and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1913-192111. Involvement Without Commitment, 1921-193112. The Great Transformation: Depression, Isolationism, and War, 1931-194113. "Five Continents and Seven Seas": World War II and the Emergence of American Globalism, 1941-194514. "A Noble Burden Far From Our Shores": Truman, the Cold War, and the Revolution in American Foreign Policy, 1945-195315. Coexistence and Crises, 1953-196116. Gulliver's Troubles: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Limits of Power, 1961-196917. Nixon, Kissinger, and the End of the Postwar Era, 1969-197418. Foreign Policy in an Age of Dissonance, 1974-198119. "A Unique and Extraordinary Time in World History": Gorbachev, Reagan, Bush, and the End of the Cold War, 1981-199120. The Strength of a Giant: America as Hyperpower, 1992-2007EpilogueBibliographic Essay