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Crucible of Power

A History of American Foreign Relations from 1945

Howard Jones

Employing a narrative approach that uncovers the tangled and often confusing nature of foreign affairs, Crucible of Power focuses on the personalities, security interests, and post-war/Cold War tendencies behind the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy since 1945. The book includes updated coverage of the Bush administration's foreign policy, with particular emphasis on the Middle East. Selections from key foreign policy documents appear in each chapter. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 400Size: 7 1/4 x 10
978-0-7425-6454-1 • Paperback • December 2008 • $46.00 • (£31.95)
978-0-7425-6455-8 • eBook • December 2008 • $43.00 • (£29.95)
Howard Jones is research professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. A recipient of both the John F. Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award for teaching and research and the Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award, he teaches courses in American foreign relations and the U.S.-Vietnam War.
Chapter 1: Cold War and Containment in Europe and the Near East, 1945–1950
Chapter 2: Cold War and Containment in East Asia, 1950–1953
Chapter 3: Containment Continued: The Eisenhower Years, 1953–1961
Chapter 4: Containment at the Brink: Kennedy and Cuba, 1961–1963
Chapter 5: Containment in Collapse: Johnson and Vietnam, 1963–1969
Chapter 6: Vietnamization through Détente: A New Containment, 1969–1977
Chapter 7: The New World Order: Jimmy Carter and the Diplomacy of Human Rights, 1977–1981
Chapter 8: Cold War II: Reagan and the Revival of Containment, 1981–1989
Chapter 9: The End of the Cold War and the Outbreak of Regional Conflicts, 1989–2001
Chapter 10: President George W. Bush and Missionary Diplomacy: 9/11, the Preemptive War with Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism, 2001–

Praise for Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations from 1897:

Howard Jones draws on his remarkable breadth as a historian of U.S. foreign relations to produce a distinguished survey of America's growth as an emerging power in the 1890s to its present-day position of global preeminence. His exposition is precise; his sources, exhaustive; his illustrations, revealing.

Richard H. Immerman, Temple University

Praise for Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations from 1897:

Straightforward and direct, Crucible of Power provides students with an accessible means of gaining entrée into the history of U.S. foreign relations.

Mark T. Gilderhus, Lyndon B. Johnson Chair, Texas Christian University

Praise for Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations from 1897:

In a volume characteristic of his broad-ranging and important scholarship on U.S. foreign relations, Professor Jones has written a comprehensive, tempered, and highly accessible narrative account of the nation's twentieth-century international involvements.

Joseph A. Fry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas