U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy

From 1789 to the Present

By Nolan, Cathal J. & Hodge, Carl Cavanagh

Publishers Summary:
This work is a unique single source for information on the foreign policy - wars, treaties, initiatives, and doctrines - of all 43 presidents of the United States. Of all the constitutional powers granted to the president, the power to craft foreign policy is the most awesome. It also presents the greatest opportunity for glory, vainglory, and folly. Each president has taken office with plans, preconceptions, and prejudices. This encyclopedia details the foreign policy of each of them. From George Washington's isolationism to the Monroe Doctrine of hemispheric right to domination to Teddy Roosevelt's imperialism through George W. Bush's global war against terror, U.S. foreign policy has charted a varied course. As the area where the president has the most freedom of action, foreign policy can, and often does, change precipitously, according to the incumbent's view of the world. No other aspect of governance has played such a key role in America's rise to superpower status. This work brings together the scholarship of leading historians and political scientists to present in-depth examination of the foreign policy of each president of the United States. This thorough presentation covers all aspects of international relations; although the work is not primarily interpretive, it does not shy from pointing out both notable successes and failures. The book's 43 essays present quick access to the whole of the history of American foreign policy.

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ISBN
978-1-85109-790-6
Publisher
ABC-CLIO


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Edited by Hodge (political science, Univ. of British Columbia;NATO for a New Century: Atlanticism and European Security ) and Nolan (history, Boston Univ.;Ethics and Statecraft: The Moral Dimension of International Affairs ), this work contains 42 articles written by 29 contributors affiliated with either U.S. or Canadian academic institutions and ranging from doctoral candidates to retired professors in political science, history, and international relations. Spanning four to ten pages, each chronologically organized...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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