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By Jeffrey A. Engel

How should still the US wield its huge, immense energy past its borders? should still it adhere to grand ideas or act on slender self-interest? may still it associate with different countries or steer clear of entangling alliances? americans were grappling with questions like those in the course of the nation's historical past, and particularly because the emergence of the USA as a massive global energy within the past due 19th century. America within the World illuminates this historical past through taking pictures the varied voices and viewpoints of a few of the main colourful and eloquent those who participated in those momentous debates.

Spanning the period from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this detailed reader collects greater than 2 hundred documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and tune lyrics. It encompasses quite a few stages of yank diplomatic historical past which are ordinarily handled individually, equivalent to the 1st global warfare, the chilly struggle, and 11th of September. The ebook offers the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of nation, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of different types of americans, corresponding to newspaper columnists, priests, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally gains various records from different international locations, illustrating how foreigners seen America's position within the world.

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

  • Includes greater than 200 files from the past due 19th century to today
  • Looks at every little thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and tune lyrics
  • Presents different views, from elite policymakers to monks and novelists
  • Features records from outdoors the us, illustrating how humans in different nations seen America's position within the world

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Above all, the book highlights materials from the Soviet bloc that became available following the end of the Cold War, transforming historians’ ability to write about the East-West conflict that dominated international affairs for half a century. But the book also contains non-American documents from earlier and later periods. S. behavior by revealing what foreign observers, as well as Americans, thought about it. S. foreign policy generated a tremendous amount of comment abroad during the American century.

They do not need it. They admire this nation, the greatest ever built by liberty, but they dislike the evil conditions that, like worms in the heart, have begun in this mighty republic their work of destruction. They have made of the heroes of this country their own heroes, and look to the success of the American commonwealth as the crowning glory of mankind; but they cannot honestly believe that excessive individualism, reverence for wealth, and the protracted exultation of a terrible victory are preparing the United States to be the typical nation of liberty, where no opinion is to be based in greed, and no triumph or acquisition reached against charity and justice.

The law of perfection of type, in man, … forms an exception to that observed in the lower orders of creation…. The human family appears in its highest physical perfection, not within the Tropics, but in the Temperate Zone, in western Asia, the geographical center of the Old World. The type degenerates gradually, with increasing distance, in all directions from this geographical centre; until, in the remotest regions of the globe, are found the ugliest, and the most deformed specimens of the human family….

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