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American Foreign Relations: Volume 2: Since 1895, 8th Edition

  • Thomas G. Paterson
  • J. Garry Clifford
  • Robert Brigham
  • Michael Donoghue
  • Kenneth J. Hagan
  • Deborah Kisatsky
  • Shane J. Maddock
  • ISBN-10: 1285433335
  • ISBN-13: 9781285433332
  • 640 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2005, 2000
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

This best-selling text presents the best synthesis of current scholarship available to emphasize the theme of expansionism and its manifestations.


  • Each chapter opens with a significant dramatic event-a “Diplomatic Crossroad”-that helps illustrate the chief characteristics and issues of the era at hand.

  • Captioned illustrations from collections around the world are closely tied with the narrative.

  • Maps, graphs, and “Makers of American Foreign Relations” tables in each chapter provide essential information for students.

  • The “What If. . .” feature uses counterfactuals to engage students and encourage them to reconsider past foreign relations policies.

  • Chapter bibliographies suggest readings for further study and serve as a starting point for research. The “General Bibliography” at the conclusion of the book is also a great resource for the beginning of a research project.

About the Author

Thomas G. Paterson

Thomas G. Paterson, professor emeritus of history at the University of Connecticut, graduated from the University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1963) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1968). He is the author of Soviet-American Confrontation (1973), Meeting the Communist Threat (1988), On Every Front (1992), Contesting Castro (1994), America Ascendant (with J. Garry Clifford, 1995), and A People and a Nation (with Mary Beth Norton et al., 2001). Tom is also the editor of Cold War Critics (1971), Kennedy's Quest for Victory (1989), Imperial Surge (with Stephen G. Rabe, 1992), The Origins of the Cold War (with Robert McMahon, 1999), Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations (with Michael J. Hogan, 2004), and Major Problems in American Foreign Relations (with Dennis Merrill, 2010). With Bruce Jentleson, he served as senior editor for the Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations (1997). A microfilm edition of The United States and Castro's Cuba, 1950s-1970s: The Paterson Collection appeared in 1999. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of American History and Diplomatic History. A recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, he has directed National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for College Teachers. In 2000 the New England History Teachers Association recognized his excellence in teaching and mentoring with the Kidger Award. Besides visits to many American campuses, Tom has lectured in Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Venezuela. He is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, which in 2008 honored him with the Laura and Norman Graebner Award for "lifetime achievement" in scholarship, service, and teaching. A native of Oregon, Tom is now informally associated with Southern Oregon University.

J. Garry Clifford

J. Garry Clifford teaches at the University of Connecticut, where he is a professor of political science and director of its graduate program. Born in Massachusetts, he earned his B.A. from Williams College (1964) and his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University (1969). He has also taught at the University of Tennessee and Dartmouth College and has participated in two National Endowment for the Humanities seminars for high school teachers at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. For his book The Citizen Soldiers (1972), he won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians. With Norman Cousins, he has edited Memoirs of a Man: Grenville Clark (1975), and with Samuel R. Spencer, Jr., he has written The First Peacetime Draft (1986). He also co-authored America Ascendant (with Thomas G. Paterson, 1995). With Theodore A. Wilson, he edited and contributed to Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortals: Essays in Honor of Robert H. Ferrell (2007). Garry's chapters have appeared in Gordon Martel, ed., American Foreign Relations Reconsidered (1994), Michael J. Hogan and Thomas G. Paterson, eds., Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations (1991 and 2004), Arnold A. Offner and Theodore A. Wilson, eds., Victory in Europe, 1945 (2000), and in the Journal of American History, Review of Politics, Mid-America, American Neptune, and Diplomatic History. Garry has served on the editorial board of Diplomatic History as well as on the editorial board of the Modern War Series of the University Press of Kansas. He is currently writing a book on FDR and American intervention in World War II.

Kenneth J. Hagan

Kenneth J. Hagan is a professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College, Monterey Program, and professor of history and museum director emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. He previously taught at Claremont McKenna College, Kansas State University, and as an adjunct at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. A native of California, he received his A.B. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (1958, 1964) and his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University (1970). Ken is the author of This People's Navy: The Making of American Sea Power (1991), a comprehensive history of American naval strategy and policy since the Revolution, American Gunboat Diplomacy and the Old Navy, 1877–1889 (1973), and co-author with Ian J. Bickerton of Unintended Consequences: The United States at War (2007), a critical reassessment of ten American wars from the American Revolution to Iraq. His scholarship also includes two edited collections of original essays: In Peace and War: Interpretations of American Naval History, 30th Anniversary Edition (2008) and, with William Roberts, Against All Enemies: Interpretations of American Military History from Colonial Times to the Present (1986). He has lectured on the history of U.S. naval strategy at the Canadian Forces College, the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and the U.S. National War College. Ken has given papers on naval and diplomatic history at professional meetings in Sweden, Greece, Turkey, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In 2006 and 2007 he spoke on naval history at conferences hosted by the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney and Canberra. In 2007 and 2008 he discussed the unintended consequences of war at Oxford University and at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. For thirty years he has advised the Naval ROTC college program on its naval history course.

Deborah Kisatsky

Deborah Kisatsky is associate professor of history at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Born in Pennsylvania, she earned her B.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (2001) from the University of Connecticut. Deborah published The United States and the European Right, 1945–1955 with Ohio State University Press in 2005. She has also published in The American Historical Review, Intelligence and National Security, The Historian, Presidential Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and the Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations. Deborah has received fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Center for European Integration Studies (University of Bonn), the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, and the Harry S. Truman Institute. She is currently writing a book about the life, thought, and transnational legacy of the nineteenth-century communitarian and social radical Adin Ballou.

Shane J. Maddock

Shane J. Maddock is professor of history at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, where he also serves on the faculty of the Martin Institute for Law and Society. Born in North Dakota, he earned his B.A. from Michigan State University (1989) and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut (1997). He also taught at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Shane edited The Nuclear Age (2001) and contributed a chapter to G. Kurt Piehler and Rosemary Mariner, eds., The Atomic Bomb and American Society (2008). He has also published in the Journal of American History, International History Review, Pacific Historical Review, New England Journal of History, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Mid-America, Journal of Military History, American Jewish History, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, History in Dispute, and Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations. He received fellowships from the Institute for the Study of World Politics, the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson presidential libraries. His book, Nuclear Apartheid: The American Quest for Atomic Supremacy will be published by University of North Carolina Press.

Table of Contents

1. Imperialist Leap, 1895–1900.
2. Managing, Policing, and Extending the Empire, 1900–1914.
3. War, Peace, and Revolution in the Time of Wilson, 1914–1920.
4. Descending into Europe's Maelstrom, 1920–1939.
5. Asia, Latin America, and the Vagaries of Power, 1920–1939.
6. Survival and Spheres: The Allies and the Second World War, 1939–1945.
7. An All-Embracing Struggle: The Cold War Begins, 1945–1950.
8. Cold War Prism: The Korean War and Eisenhower-Dulles Foreign Relations, 1950–1961.
9. Passing the Torch: The Vietnam Years, 1961–1969.
10. Détente and Disequilibrium, 1969–1981.
11. A New World Order? Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, 1981–2001.
12. Millennial America: Foreign Relations Since 2001.
Appendix: Makers of American Foreign Relations.
General Bibliography.

New to this edition

  • The text has been thoroughly updated throughout to integrate new, relevant scholarship. While the subjects of diplomacy, war, economic intercourse, and politics remain central to the presentation of the foreign-relations story, the cultural dimensions of foreign relations are also discussed.
  • In this eighth edition of Volume 2, analysis of recent events has been expanded and includes a discussion of Obama's foreign policies toward the Middle East and Asia, along with the “Arab Spring,” the AIDS crisis, and global warming.
  • COURSEREADER: AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS, a new customizable online source reader available with the text, has been designed to complement AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS, 8th Edition with primary sources from significant events in foreign relations history. The reader is organized into chapters that correspond to the text, and editor's choice selections recommended by Cengage authors provide a set of sources that are time-saving starting points for instructors to modify as they see fit.