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American Foreign Policy: History, Politics, and Policy, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Daniel S. Papp, Loch K Johnson, John Endicott

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 9, 2005

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The only text in the market to include all three major areas of coverage in the typical American Foreign Policy course–history, process, and current policy issues–this is a highly accessible, up-to-date introduction written with a deep understanding of history and thorough attention to today's changing world.

For the first time, the three major area of the typical American Foreign Policy course are now given indepth coverage in a single book. American Foreign Policy: History, Politics, and Policy comprehensively presents: 1) the background and history of U.S. foreign policy as far back as the 18th century; 2) the politics and processes of U.S. foreign policy formulation; and 3) analyses of current foreign policy issues. Providing sufficient depth for understanding but avoiding unnecessary jargon, this is an engaging, straightforward text written specifically for undergraduates. Abounding with real-world case examples, brimming with historical context, and offering up-to-date coverage of contemporary topics, this text is sure to engage student interest and give them the tools they need to examine and evaluate American foreign policy.

Table of Contents


Note: All chapters conclude with a chapter summary.


1. Introduction to Foreign Policy.

Three Levels of Analysis: An Overview.

Level One: The International Level.

Level Two: The National Level.

Level Three: The Individual Decision-Maker.

A Road Map for Foreign Policy Analysis.

2. Unifying Concepts and Competing Themes.

American Missions.

American National Interests.

American Principles.

Competing Themes.

Another Viewpoints: American Foreign Policy Through Latin American Eyes.

Conclusions: Change and Continuity.


3. Finding A Place in the World: 1756-1865.

The American Colonies and States in a Global Context: 1756-1789.

The Foreign Policy of an Infant Nation: 1789-1815.

Continental Expansion and Hemispheric Interests: 1815-1848.

Trade, Hopes of Empire, and Civil War: 1848-1865.

Whither America?

4. Building an Empire: 1865-1914.

Territorial Expansion, Foreign Trade, and Regional and Global Interests: 1865-1895.

Imperialism in Earnest: 1895-1900.

Expanding and Consolidating the Empire: 1900-1914.

Missions, Interests, Principles, and Competing Themes at the Start of the Twentieth Century.

5. Becoming a Global Power: 1914-1945.

American Foreign Policy During World War I: 1914-1918.

The Inter-War Years: 1918-1941.

American Foreign Policy During World War II: 1941-1945.

How Do You Rebuild a Shattered World?

6. Fighting the Cold War: 1945-1989.

The Post-War World Before the Cold War: 1945-1947.

Truman, Eisenhower, and the Cold War: 1948-1961.

JFK, LBJ, and the Crises of the 1960s.

Grand Strategy Under Nixon and Ford: 1969-1977.

From Détente and Human Rights to Renewed Confrontation and Containment: 1977-1989.

7. Shaping the Post-Cold War World: 1989-Today.

George Bush's Foreign Policy: 1989-1993.

Clinton's Presidency: 1993-2001.

George W. Bush's Foreign Policy: 2001-Today.

The Future of American Foreign Policy.


8. The Presidency and Executive Branch in American Foreign Policy.

Models of Presidential Power.

The Presidency.

The Foreign Policy Bureaucracy.

Concluding Comments.

9. Congress, the Courts, and the Public in American Foreign Policy.

Congress and Foreign Policy: An Overview.

The Resurgence of Congress.

Taking the Nation to War.

A More Complicated Foreign Policy.

The Judiciary.

Public Opinion and Interest Groups.

The Challenge of a Democratic Foreign Policy.

10. The Open Instruments of Foreign Policy: War, Diplomacy, Trade, Aid, and Reputation.

The War Power.

The Power of Diplomacy.

Instruments of Trade and Aid.

Moral Suasion and Soft Power: The Importance of Reputation, Ideology, and Culture.

11. The Secret Instruments of American Foreign Policy: Espionage, Counterintelligence, and Covert Action.

Intelligence: The Nation's First Line of Defense.

Counterintelligence: A Wilderness of Mirrors.

Covert Action: The Third Option.


12. Defending the Homeland.

Early Issues of Homeland Defense.

Modern Terrorism and Responses to It.

The Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Other Homeland Defense Issues.


13. Economics and Foreign Policy: Trade, Finance and Currency.

Early Issues of International Economics.

The Rise and Fall of the Bretton Woods System.

The U.S. and Today's International Economic System.

Other International Economic Issues.


14. Military Intervention Overseas.

Early Issues of American Use of Armed Forces.

After the Cold War.

The Dilemmas of Power and Presence.

Using Military Force in the War on Terrorism.


15. Human Rights and Democratization.

The Meaning of Human Rights and Democratization.

The U.S., Human Rights, and Democratization.

Twenty-First Century Human Rights Debates.

Case Studies: The Philippines, Nixon, and Cuba.

Human Rights, Democracy, and the War on Terror.

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