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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eighteen months after [President James] Monroe and [Secretary of State John Quincy] Adams decided to recognize the new states [(in early 1822)], the tensions between their concerns for Europe’s reaction and their anxieties about Spanish America’s instability shaped policymaking. Initially, caution prevailed. . . . European war, Spanish American upheaval, and domestic divisions intensified both immediate and long-term dangers, even as they made the government less prepared to meet a crisis. But

government contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject. At other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility, instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations has been the victim. So, likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety

miles of frontier land lacking precise boundaries. Napoleon Bonaparte’s asking price for this substantial piece of his empire had been only $15 million, or just three cents an acre. Even before completion of the purchase, Jefferson astutely recruited his twentynine-year-old private secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead an expedition across the expansive and largely uncharted domain to the Pacific Ocean. Historians differ over the extent to which external and internal factors facilitated

England was at peace with France, that there was no incentive the Jefferson administration could hold out that would tempt London to jeopardize the peace by allying England with the United States in opposing French plans of empire in North America. Even so, the question concerning the nature of the American efforts to enlist British support would remain. At best, those efforts must be characterized as halfhearted and without real significance. Given the The Louisiana Purchase 103 outlook of

jurisdiction. The principles and rules enforced by that nation, when a neutral nation, against armed vessels of belligerents hovering near her coasts and disturbing her commerce are well known. When called on, nevertheless, by the United States to punish the greater offenses committed by her own vessels, her Government has bestowed on their commanders additional marks of honor and confidence. Under pretended blockades, without the presence of an adequate force and sometimes without the

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