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The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations

Volume 3. The Globalizing of America, 1913–1945


Part of The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations

  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107536197

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  • Since their first publication, the four volumes of The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations have served as the definitive source for the topic, from the colonial period to the Cold War. This third volume of the updated edition describes how the United States became a global power - economically, culturally and militarily - during the period from 1913 to 1945, from the inception of Woodrow Wilson's presidency to the end of the Second World War. The author also discusses global transformations, from the period of the First World War through the 1920s when efforts were made to restore the world economy and to establish a new international order, followed by the disastrous years of depression and war during the 1930s, to the end of the Second World War. Throughout the book, themes of Americanisation of the world and the transformation of the United States provide the background for understanding the emergence of a trans-national world in the second half of the twentieth century.

    • Offers a comprehensive history of US foreign relations from the First World War to the Second World War
    • Unlike other similar accounts, this book emphasises the interconnectedness between the United States and the rest of the world
    • This fully updated, new edition incorporates new scholarly work since the first edition was published nearly twenty years ago
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A clear overview of American ascendance - cultural, military, and economic - in an era punctuated by war and economic crisis. Iriye's global perspective helps us understand the rise of the United States in the context of wider challenges to European power; his analysis of deglobalizing forces and reglobalizing efforts casts new light on American leadership in this tumultuous time.' Kristin Hoganson, author of Consumers' Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity

    'No one has done more than Akira Iriye to promote the study of U.S. foreign relations in a global frame that includes civil society actors and institutions. Skilfully bridging the domains of politics, economics, and culture, The Globalizing of America, 1913–1945 charts the United States' interwar rise as a world power largely defined by its pursuit of economic interdependence, in the context of global crises and struggles over the nationalizing and internationalizing of power. Far from isolated in the decades prior to World War II, he shows that the United States possessed a growing presence abroad, particularly in the fields of investment, commerce, philanthropy, education and popular culture, that would come to transform both the world and the United States itself.' Paul A. Kramer, author of The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States, and the Philippines

    'Iriye has no peer as an international historian, as attested to by this revision of his third volume of The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations. With command and complexity he highlights America's role from the First World War to the end of the Second in restructuring the global system without neglecting the agency of other states and non-state actors. The Globalizing of America, 1913–1945 is history at its best: a multidimensional study of power that is as accessible as it is challenging.' Richard H. Immerman, Temple University, Philadelphia

    'Akira Iriye's volume, now updated with recent scholarship, continues to represent the best of historical interpretation and writing on its period. Scholars and students will continue to benefit from the provocative insights and graceful style of America's most distinguished international historian.' Emily S. Rosenberg, editor of A World Connecting, 1870–1945

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107536197
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 150 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The age of European domination
    2. The Great War and American neutrality
    3. The United States at war
    4. The Versailles peace
    5. The 1920s: the security aspect
    6. The 1920s: the economic aspect
    7. The 1920s: the cultural aspect
    8. The collapse of international order
    9. Totalitarianism and the survival of democracy
    10. The emergence of geopolitics
    11. The road to Pearl Harbor
    12. The global conflict.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Diplomacy & Statecraft
  • Author

    Akira Iriye, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Akira Iriye is Charles Warren Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is the author of Global Community: The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World (2002), Cultural Imperialism and World Order (1998), China and Japan in the Global Setting (1993), Power and Culture: The Japanese-American War 1941–1945 (1981), Pacific Estrangement: Japanese and American Expansion, 1897–1911 (1972), Across the Pacific: An Inner History of American-East Asian Relations (1967) and After Imperialism: The Search for a New Order in the Far East, 1921–1931 (1965).

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