By Jeffrey A. Engel
How may still the US wield its huge, immense energy past its borders? may still it adhere to grand ideas or act on slender self-interest? should still it associate with different international locations or keep away from entangling alliances? american citizens were grappling with questions like those through the nation's background, and particularly because the emergence of the USA as an immense global energy within the past due 19th century. America within the World illuminates this historical past by means of taking pictures the various voices and viewpoints of a few of the main colourful and eloquent those that participated in those momentous debates.
Spanning the period from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this designated reader collects greater than 2 hundred documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and track lyrics. It encompasses quite a few levels of yankee diplomatic background which are more often than not handled individually, resembling the 1st global warfare, the chilly conflict, and Sep 11. The booklet offers the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of country, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of different forms of american citizens, akin to newspaper columnists, priests, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally beneficial properties a number of files from different international locations, illustrating how foreigners seen America's function within the world.
Ideal for lecture room use, America within the World sheds gentle at the complicated interaction of political, fiscal, ideological, and cultural elements underlying the workout of yank energy at the worldwide stage.
- Includes greater than 2 hundred records from the overdue 19th century to today
- Looks at every little thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and tune lyrics
- Presents varied views, from elite policymakers to priests and novelists
- Features records from outdoors the U.S., illustrating how humans in different international locations seen America's function within the world
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