Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, Volume 1: To 1920 (7th Edition) (Major Problems in American History)

Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, Volume 1: To 1920 (7th Edition) (Major Problems in American History)

Dennis Merrill, Thomas G. Paterson

Language: English

Pages: 490

ISBN: 2:00215738

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


ISBN: 0547218249 | ISBN-13: 9780547218243
eISBN: 111178549X | eISBN-13: 9781111785499

Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, this reader uses a carefully selected group of primary sources and analytical essays to allow students to test the interpretations of distinguished historians and draw their own conclusions about the history of American foreign policy. This text serves as an effective educational tool for courses on U.S. foreign policy, recent U.S. history, or 20th Century U.S. history. The Seventh Edition introduces new studies on America's early foreign relations which seek to position the nation's post "9-11" attitudes and behaviors within historical context. Some of the new literature spotlights cultural relations, and the ways in which culturally constructed attitudes about class, gender, race, and national identity have shaped American's perceptions of the world and subsequently its overseas relationships.

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Adams and Secretary Clay did more than avert their eyes: they became active champions of Spanish rule in Cuba. Angered by Spain’s refusal to acknowledge their independence, and by her attempts to prolong the war, Colombia and Mexico considered launching an expedition to liberate Cuba and Puerto Rico, punishing Madrid and depriving her of bases from which to harass them. Overestimating both the strength of the threat and [the South American Patriot SimÓn] Bolívar’s desire to free Cuba, the United

short because it refers primarily to negotiations or communications among states and organizations. “International history” seems so broad a term that it loses meaning, while at the same time it underplays a legitimate emphasis on American foreign relations. The phrase “foreign relations” comes closest to the emphases in this volume because it explains the totality of interactions—economic, cultural, political, military, environmental, and more—among peoples, organizations, states, and systems.

exporting them. . . . Great Britain is a commercial nation. Her power, as well as her wealth, is derived from commerce. The American commerce is the most valuable branch she enjoys. It is the more valuable, not only as being of vital importance to her in some respects, but of growing importance beyond estimate in its general character. She will not easily part with such a resource. She will not rashly hazard it. She would be particularly aware of forcing a perpetuity of regulations, which not

proceeded “from angry and perverse passions than from cool calculations of Interest.” If this was true for the British, why, he asked, echoing “The Federalist No. 6,” don’t we admit it about ourselves? Those two parties were driven, in effect, by the old “Virginia syndrome.” “In hostility with Britain they seek the gratification of revenge upon a detested enemy with that of serving a favourite friend. . . . Those even of them who do not wish the extremity of war consider it as a less evil than a

that will sooner or later humble her pride. 96 Major Problems in American Foreign Relations D O C U M E N T 4 Robert R. Livingston, American Minister to France, Recounts the Paris Negotiations, 1803 By my letter of yesterday, you learned that the Minister [of the Treasury] had asked me whether I would agree to purchase Louisiana &c. On the 12th, I called upon him to press this matter further. He then thought proper to declare that his proposition was only personal, but still requested me to

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