America in the World: A History in Documents from the War with Spain to the War on Terror
Jeffrey A. Engel
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How should America wield its enormous power beyond its borders? Should it adhere to grand principles or act on narrow self-interest? Should it partner with other nations or avoid entangling alliances? Americans have been grappling with questions like these throughout the nation's history, and especially since the emergence of the United States as a major world power in the late nineteenth century. America in the World illuminates this history by capturing the diverse voices and viewpoints of some of the most colorful and eloquent people who participated in these momentous debates.
Spanning the era from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this unique reader collects more than two hundred documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and song lyrics. It encompasses various phases of American diplomatic history that are typically treated separately, such as the First World War, the Cold War, and 9/11. The book presents the perspectives of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of state, generals, and diplomats--alongside those of other kinds of Americans, such as newspaper columnists, clergymen, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It also features numerous documents from other countries, illustrating how foreigners viewed America's role in the world.
Ideal for classroom use, America in the World sheds light on the complex interplay of political, economic, ideological, and cultural factors underlying the exercise of American power on the global stage.
- Includes more than two hundred documents from the late nineteenth century to today
- Looks at everything from presidential addresses to political cartoons and song lyrics
- Presents diverse perspectives, from elite policymakers to clergymen and novelists
- Features documents from outside the United States, illustrating how people in other countries viewed America's role in the world
hidden in the peoples of this continent! And will the Arab people with their heroic traditions, and all the peoples of the Middle East, which have already freed or are freeing themselves from political and economic dependence on imperialism, play any lesser role in the solution of tasks now facing mankind? A remarkable phenomenon of our time is the awakening of the peoples of Africa. Dozens of states in north and central Africa have already achieved independence. The south of Africa is seething
yawn between us and the Chinese. They will be tough before and during the summit on the question of Taiwan and other major issues. And they will prove implacable foes if our relations turn sour. My assessment of these people is that they are deeply ideological, close to fanatic in the intensity of their beliefs. At the same time they display an inward security that allows them, within the framework of their principles, to be meticulous and reliable in dealing with others. Furthermore, the
that it humanizes the USSR at home and demilitarizes the USSR abroad. This does not translate into subsidies for Gorbachev’s efforts. It means that we hope someday to be able to deal with the Soviet Union on the same normal and equal terms that we use for relations with other states…. In his memoirs, Present at the Creation, Dean Acheson remarked that, in 1945, their task “began to appear as just a bit less formidable than that described in the first chapter of Genesis. That was to create a
13.13: Brent Scowcroft to George H. W. Bush, March 20, 1989, National Security Council Files, Arnold Kanter Files, Subject Files: NATO Summit-May 1989, George Bush Presidential Library, College Station, Tex. DOCUMENT 13.14: U.S. Embassy in Beijing to State Department, June 3, 1989, China-US Relations FOIA 00–00116, George Bush Presidential Library, College Station, Tex. DOCUMENT 13.15: Michael Edwards, “Right Here, Right Now,” on Jesus Jones, Doubt, EMI Records, 1990. © EMI Music Publishing
create a situation where the officials involved can, in the nature of things, be as much interested in peace and measures to secure peace as they are in increased armaments…. THEIR ACTIVITIES CONCERNING PEACE EFFORTS The committee finds, under this head, that there is no record of any munitions company aiding any proposals for limitation of armaments, but that, on the contrary, there is a record of their active opposition by some to almost all such proposals, of resentment toward them, of