Crises in U.S. Foreign Policy


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An International History Reader

Michael H. Hunt

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Repeatedly in the twentieth century, the United States has been involved in confrontations with other countries, each with the potential for widespread international and domestic upheaval, even disaster. In this book Michael Hunt focuses on seven such crises, presenting for each an illuminating introduction and a rich collection of original documents. His epilogue considers the nature of international crises and the U.S. record in dealing with them.
The case studies include:
•the American entry into World War I the Japanese-American rivalry that led to Pearl Harbor
•the origins of the U.S.-Soviet Cold War
•the collision between China and the United States during the Korean War
•the confrontation over Soviet missiles in Cuba
•Lyndon Johnson`s commitment to war in Vietnam
•and the American entanglement in the Iranian revolution

The studies allow the reader to see U.S. foreign policymaking firsthand and to understand it as something that is shaped by interactions with other nations and leaders as well as by American values, attitudes, and needs. To provide an international perspective, both the narrative and the documents give as much attention to foreign policymakers as to their American counterparts, emphasizing the invariably dynamic, often confused, and sometimes chaotic interaction between the two sides.

Michael H. Hunt is Everett H. Emerson Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books include Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy, published by Yale University Press.

"There is nothing quite like this book. It will be welcomed by scholars both for their own use and for use by their students."—Emily S. Rosenberg, Macalester College

"A very useful reader, much of which is presented with the brilliance we have come to expect of Michael Hunt."—Warren I. Cohen, University of Maryland

"Skillfully crafted and suitably quizzical; his choice of documents, reflecting his international focus, is first-rate. A superior compilation that is designed for the classroom but will fascinate the general reader and the specialist."—Foreign Affairs

"This well-documented series of case studies clarifies American policies at times of crisis."—International Minds

"The book aims to provide a coherent approach to understanding crises. . . . This volume is an invaluable asset for those interested in twentieth-century American foreign policy. . . . Michael Hunt has produced a compelling selection of sources on these periods of urgency in U.S. foreign relations."—Michael F. Hopkins, Contemporary Review

"The book has a value beyond the classroom. Readers at all levels can benefit from this approach to understanding the workings of international politics, the interplay of divergent perspectives, the complexity, ambiguities, and constraints upon policy makers and decision making, and the biases of a nationalist orientation. . . . This is a very useful work."—Choice

"Hunt has written an interesting and valuable book that should find a good market in advanced undergraduate courses in American foreign policy. . . . Hunt shows that the world is a dangerous place. His book cannot make the world safer, but it can help make it more understandable."—Australian Journal of Politics & History

"Regardless of one's basic discipline-history, political science, economics, social psychology, or philosophy-any teacher will find this book an invaluable tool for 'promoting' a more international consciousness (on the part of the students) while stimulating curiosity and sharpening skills of critical inquiry. . . . I salute Professor Hunt for his wisdom and intellectual acumen in his introductions and for his superb scholarship in handling the documents. His style is captivating."—Claude A. Buss, Journal of Asian Studies

"Full of wisdom and acumen. . . .Useful for the classroom..."—Indochina Chronology

"Hunt has made a solid contribution to the classroom market."—Stephen G. Rabe, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, The Historian

ISBN: 9780300065978
Publication Date: January 24, 1996
460 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
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