America in the World: A History in Documents from the War by Jeffrey A. Engel

By Jeffrey A. Engel

How may still the USA wield its huge, immense energy past its borders? should still it adhere to grand rules or act on slender self-interest? should still it associate with different countries or keep away from entangling alliances? americans were grappling with questions like those during the nation's historical past, and particularly because the emergence of the U.S. as a massive global strength within the overdue 19th century. America within the World illuminates this heritage through shooting the varied 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 distinct reader collects greater than 2 hundred documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and music lyrics. It encompasses quite a few stages of yankee diplomatic historical past which are regularly handled individually, comparable to the 1st global battle, the chilly warfare, and Sept. 11. The e-book provides the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of kingdom, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of alternative different types of americans, comparable to newspaper columnists, monks, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally beneficial properties a number of records from different nations, illustrating how foreigners considered America's position within the world.

Ideal for lecture room use, America within the World sheds mild at the advanced interaction of political, financial, ideological, and cultural components underlying the workout of yankee strength at the worldwide stage.

  • Includes greater than 2 hundred records from the past due 19th century to today
  • Looks at every thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and music lyrics
  • Presents various views, from elite policymakers to priests and novelists
  • Features records from open air the us, illustrating how humans in different nations considered America's position within the world

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It is instructive as well to heed foreign voices, which commented with ever-increasing urgency and insight on the role of the United States in international affairs. For ease of use—and because the first step for any student of history is to develop a timeline of events—documents are presented in chronological order within each chapter. S. relations with the outside world. We hope that this volume enables readers to trace the development of dilemmas and debates that have long sat at the heart of American foreign policy making.

Our aristocracy, unlike that of Europe, is open to all comers. Wealth, position, influence, are prizes offered for energy; and every farmer’s boy, every apprentice and clerk, every friendless and penniless immigrant, is free to enter the lists. Thus many causes co-operate to produce here the most forceful and tremendous energy in the world. What is the significance of such facts? These tendencies infold the future; they are the mighty alphabet with which God writes his prophecies. May we not, by careful laying together of the letters, spell out something of his meaning?

Seeing the impossibility, under existing conditions, of striking against us a quick blow that would have any decisive consequences, and seeing also that a war carried on upon our own ground would, owing to our unlimited staying power, be practically a war without end, and present chances of combinations most dangerous to them—recognizing these obvious facts, all those powers will be naturally disposed to go to the extreme of honorable concession in order to avoid hostilities with the United States.

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