Nixon in the World: American Foreign Relations, 1969-1977 by Fredrik LogevellNixon in the World: American Foreign Relations, 1969-1977 by Fredrik Logevell

Nixon in the World: American Foreign Relations, 1969-1977

EditorFredrik Logevell, Andrew Preston

Paperback | July 30, 2008

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After World War II, the United States stood alone at the pinnacle of international politics, unchallenged even by the world's only other superpower, the Soviet Union. Following the disintegration of the Soviet Union itself nearly five decades later, U.S. foreign policy again achieved globalprimacy, unrivalled by any competitor. But these historical bookends of U.S. hegemony only tell part of the story of the "American century." In between, during the trauma of the Vietnam War, the power of the United States declined while that of its rivals increased, largely at America's expense. Thefighting in Vietnam tied down and weakened the U.S. military. The Soviets and Chinese each challenged the United States geopolitically, albeit in different ways, in Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Support for Israel helped trigger an Arab boycott of oil supplies. Even two ofAmerica's closest European allies-France and West Germany-sought solutions to the Cold War by marginalizing American influence. And running through everything, both as cause and consequence, was the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression. By nearly every measure, American power wasno longer unrivalled.The task of managing America's relative decline fell to President Richard Nixon, his chief foreign policy adviser, Henry Kissinger, and his successor, Gerald Ford. From 1969 to 1977, when America was at one of its weakest moments in the world, Nixon, Kissinger, and Ford reoriented U.S. foreignpolicy from its traditional poles of liberal interventionism and conservative isolationism into a policy of active but conservative engagement. Basing their approach on the doctrine of realism, using age-old diplomatic tactics, such as triangulation and linkage, and constructing a new basis forwaging the Cold War in detente, the Nixon and Ford administrations aimed to preserve America's remaining power until the forces against it had eased. By bringing together some of the world's leading historians of U.S. foreign policy, Nixon in the World shows how they did it, where they succeeded,and where they took their new strategy too far.
Fredrik Logevell is a Professor of History at Cornell University. Andrew Preston is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Victoria.
Title:Nixon in the World: American Foreign Relations, 1969-1977Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:July 30, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Fredrik Logevall and Andrew Preston: Introduction: The Adventurous Journey of Nixon in the WorldPart I: Parameters1. Jussi M. Hanhimaki: An Elusive Grand Design2. David Greenberg: 2 Nixon as Statesman: The Failed Campaign3. Jeremi Suri: Henry Kissinger and American Grand Strategy in the 1970s4. Dominic Sandbrook: Salesmanship and Substance: The Influence of Domestic Policy and WatergatePart II: Openings5. Margaret MacMillan: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Opening to China6. Francis J. Gavin: Nuclear Nixon: Ironies, Puzzles, and the Triumph of Realpolitik7. Mary Elise Sarotte: The Frailties of Grand Strategies: A Comparison of Detente and Ostpolitik8. Michael Cotey Morgan: The United States and the Making of the Helsinki Final ActPart III: Closings9. Lien-Hang T. Nguyen: Waging War on All Fronts: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Vietnam War, 1969-197210. Robert D. Schulzinger: The End of the Vietnam War, 1973-1976Part IV: Flashpoints, Hotspots, and Allies11. Salim Yaqub: The Weight of Conquest: Henry Kissinger and the Arab-Israeli Conflict12. Robert J. McMahon: The Danger of Geopolitical Fantasies: Nixon, Kissinger, and the South Asia Crisis of 197113. Mark Atwood Lawrence: History from Below: The United States and Latin America in the Nixon Years14. Thomas W. Zeiler: Nixon Shocks Japan, Inc.15. Robert Bothwell: Thanks for the Fish: Nixon, Kissinger, and Canada

Editorial Reviews

"An outstanding overview of the Nixon era in international affairs. Nixon in the World helps us better understand both the historical uniqueness of the detente approach, and the reasons for its defeat."--Odd Arne Westad, London School of Economics "'Rescuing choice from circumstance' was a mantra of Nixon and Kissinger as they tried to steer the ship of state in the face of turmoil abroad and turbulence at home. These essays vividly illuminate the challenges they faced, the methods they employed, and the successes and failures they experienced. The book is a major contribution to our understanding of a fascinating era in the history of U.S. foreign relations."--Melvyn P. Leffler, author of For the Soul of Mankind "These essays shed much light on the fascinating and elusive Nixon administration. Each is excellent and can be read with profit by itself, but unlike many collections it is even better read cover-to-cover. Both Nixon as a peculiar leader and American foreign policy are revealed in rich detail."--Robert Jervis, author of American Foreign Policy in a New Era