By Preston, Andrew; Lawrence, Mark Atwood; Engel, Jeffrey A
How should still the US wield its huge, immense energy past its borders? should still it adhere to grand ideas or act on slender self-interest? should still it companion with different countries or keep away from entangling alliances? american citizens were grappling with questions like those during the nation's background, and particularly because the emergence of the us as a tremendous international energy within the overdue 19th century. America within the World illuminates this background through shooting 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 music lyrics. It encompasses a variety of stages of yank diplomatic historical past which are ordinarily handled individually, comparable to the 1st global warfare, the chilly battle, and Sep 11. The booklet provides the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of kingdom, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of different varieties of americans, reminiscent of newspaper columnists, priests, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally positive factors various records from different international locations, illustrating how foreigners considered America's position within the world.
Ideal for school room use, America within the World sheds gentle at the complicated interaction of political, fiscal, ideological, and cultural components underlying the workout of yankee energy at the international stage.
- Includes greater than 200 records from the past due 19th century to today
- Looks at every little thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and music lyrics
- Presents diversified views, from elite policymakers to priests and novelists
- Features files from outdoors the us, illustrating how humans in different international locations seen America's position within the world
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Brookings Institution Press, 2011). ,” Guardian, October 13, 2004, 2. 1 Motives of Expansion The United States was never the passive, isolationist nation that the mythology of American history has often suggested. S. objectives. Over the following decades, moreover, the survival of the young republic depended on managing complex economic and military threats from abroad. Growing confidence encouraged increasingly ambitious uses of power. S. presidents had sent forces into action in territories stretching from Cuba and Peru to the Marquesas Islands, Tripoli, and China.
It is equally proper, in framing our policy, to consider the jealousies of the European family of states, and their consequent unwillingness to incur the enmity of a people so strong as ourselves; their dread of our revenge in the future, as well as their inability to detach more than a certain part of their forces to our shores without losing much of their own weight in the councils of Europe…. [But] it is folly to look upon [these considerations] as sufficient alone for our security…. Though distant, our shores can be reached; being defenceless, they can detain but a short time a force sent against them….
We shall not follow far this line of thought before there will dawn the realization of America’s unique position, facing the older worlds of the East and West, her shores washed by the oceans which touch the one or the other, but which are common to her alone. Coincident with these signs of change in our own policy there is a restlessness in the world at large which is deeply significant, if not ominous. It is beside our purpose to dwell upon the internal state of Europe, whence, if disturbances arise, the effect upon us may be but partial and indirect.
America in the world : a history in documents from the War with Spain to the War on Terror by Preston, Andrew; Lawrence, Mark Atwood; Engel, Jeffrey A